It is neither a hospital nor a COVID care center run by the state government, but 50 COVID-19 patients from different backgrounds live here, strengthening each other in this hour of desperation.
Since there is almost no intensive care bed or oxygen-assisted bed available in the Anantapur district, with the exception of a few COVID Care Center beds in the JNTU hostels, Viswam Vignana Kendram invested in collaboration with the United Teachers’ Federation and the Kodigenahalli 1989 Alumni Association on May 1st about £ 2 lakh to set up a COVID Care Center by obtaining approvals from the county council.
“Our idea was to support friends infected by COVID-19 by offering them a safe place where they can spend 14 days away from their family so that others do not become infected,” says the District Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist ), V. Rambhupal The Hindu.
The center is staffed by two doctors who visit in the morning and in the evening and three professionally trained nurses who work in three shifts. Since the official start on May 1st, many people have donated everything that is needed for the patients without even asking. The center is located in the HLC colony in Anantapur and is hidden in the green of large, tall trees that are several decades old.
13 of 42 patients were discharged on Friday, and their satisfaction has given everyone who worked on it a reason to smile, say doctors Geyanand, Veeresh, Veerabhadraiah, and Kondaiah.
An oxygen cylinder was kept on standby and the people overseeing the facility attend to testing or other needs. A software engineer, a driver, a journalist and a student were among the first patients to go home smiling.