Telangana: Nursing staff crunch may hit Covid fight | Hyderabad News - Times of India

Telangana: Nursing staff crunch may hit Covid fight | Hyderabad News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: While the Telangana government is gearing up to add more hospital beds and other infrastructure facilities to fight the rise in Covid cases, the dearth in nursing staff may come as a major roadblock.
In the Assembly last year, state health minister Eatala Rajender said there were 7,743 sanctioned posts for nursing staff, and 3,043 of these were vacant. Officials confirmed the situation was the same even now.
To meet the shortfall, the state government employed about 688 staff on contract basis last year.
With many cases being reported at private hospitals, there too about 3500 staff members were recruited.
So tough was the situation, that at one point corporate hospitals were even paying Rs 3,000 a day for additional staff hires. The dearth was exacerbated as trained nurses left to their villages fearing the virus. Meanwhile, several others left after the cases dropped.
The demand for nurses in small and medium hospitals is about 30 to 100, big hospitals need up to 800. With a second wave looming in the state, hospitals are now looking for additional staff.
Nurses in the Intense Care Unit (ICU) get more than Rs 18,000 a month, other nurses around Rs 14,000. Staff engaged in other work around the hopsital, with one year experience, get paid Rs 15,000.
“Slowly the work load is increasing. More patients are coming in which means there will be more recruitment,” said K Jaya, a nurse working on contract basis in a private hospital. Each nurse at times has to attended to more than six patients. They often do not even have time to change their PPE kits and they are at greater risk than doctors, she said.
The staff shortage in government hospitals is more acute at the district and mandal level, said officials.

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