Kasargod, April 29, 2020: When the last Covid-19 patient was discharged from the General Hospital in Kasaragod on Tuesday, it was not just a relief for the hospital that has marked 100% recovery rate, but a historic moment for the state’s first Covid hospital. With this, it has also become the first hospital to successfully cure the highest number of patients in the country, said officials.
Ever since the first case was reported in the state in February, the hospital was prepared to handle an emergency situation. The first patient was admitted here on March 16 and from then onwards the numbers started increasing.
But the hospital’s 49 doctors, 91nurses, 21temporary nurses and other employees like technicians, pharmacists, cleaning staff and ambulance drivers made it sure everything was perfect and this resulted in the 100% recovery rate without even a single casualty, said the officials.
This is the result of collective efforts, said General Hospital superintendent KK Rajaram. “We are happy that all patients have been successfully discharged and this is a moment of pride for the hospital that the common people of Kasaragod depend for their treatment,” he said.
Since there were only limited facilities, there was some anxiety in the beginning, said deputy superintendent Geetha Gurudas.
“In a single day we had to admit 31 Covid patients but all the staffers worked with devotion and total commitment, which resulted in this historic success,” she said.
This success gives lots of hope, and this is the success of every staffer here, said district medical officer AV Ramdas. But we have to be more vigilant now, he said.
Apart from medical treatment, the patients were also provided counseling to reduce their mental stress. Also, the facilities in the hospital were improved and entertainment was also ensured, which all helped the recovery, said the officials.
A total of 176 positive cases have been reported in the district so far, out of which 162 have been discharged.