Middle-class at risk during second wave, says official

  • | Monday | 12th April, 2021

New Delhi: The middle and upper middle-class category of residents are more prone to contracting the virus during the ongoing second wave. Currently, around 5,000 patients are admitted at various private and corporate hospitals in the state, especially in and around the city, pushing bed availability to the brink.

New Delhi: The middle and upper middle-class category of residents are more prone to contracting the virus during the ongoing second wave. Currently, around 5,000 patients are admitted at various private and corporate hospitals in the state, especially in and around the city, pushing bed availability to the brink.

“During the first wave, majority of the lower-class population already got affected. In the current wave, we are seeing more of middle-class and above getting affected. This is the reason we are seeing a large number of admissions in the private hospitals. Currently around 2,000 patients are admitted in government hospitals in the state while nearly 5,000 patients are in private hospitals,” said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, director of public health, Telangana.“This is going to be the more pronounced in the coming days and everyone who has not got affected earlier will get affected this time,” the director added.

Apart from upscaling testing and surveillance, the state health department has also increased vaccination centres and has ramped up vaccination in the recent days.

Meanwhile, sources at corporate hospitals too confirm the latest trend of upper middle-class residents getting infected more this time. “It is largely due to lapses on part of the public that entire families are landing up for treatment. Several people have admitted to taking things easy and attending social gatherings in recent days,” said an official from one of the corporate hospitals.

While admissions have already increased in private and corporate hospitals, the number of complaints against hospitals for overcharging has also started pouring in. “Since majority of the patients from the middle and upper middle-class prefer the private healthcare setup and are able to foot the bills, the few who might be cash strapped are now approaching the health department with complaints. So far, less than 10 complaints have been received and out of them, only a few are about pricing,” said a source from the state health department.


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