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GUNTUR: Scenes of disorder prevailed at special counters set up for collection of swab samples for Covid-19 tests in Government General Hospital (GGH).
People jostled with each other after waiting hours for their turn. Many were seen rushing to GGH to give samples out of suspicion after developing some symptoms.
With doctors insisting for Covid-19 test report for any kind of treatment, people were compelled to go to the GGH and Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital where two dedicated screening centres are located.
Since ID hospital is located on the outskirts of the city, the turnout at GGH has gone up multifold. The GGH authorities have withdrawn the services of Red Cross volunteers after the Red Cross executives requested the hospital management to take up some reforms for streamlining of infrastructure for the improvement of services.
Senior citizens appealed to the state government to handover the management of Covid-screening centres to the Red Cross at least in Guntur district on a pilot basis.
“Since Red Cross is headed by governor at the state level and collector in districts, the district administration should take its support during the crisis. Many staff including nurses and attendants in the GGH are attending duties reluctantly for fear of contracting the virus, resulting in more trouble,” said Ch Parandhamaiah, a senior citizen.
Sources said a group of senior citizens have decided to file a Public Interest Litigation in the high court seeking appointment of Red Cross as nodal agency to handle Covid-19 screening centres in the state.

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