COVID-19
Source: The Indian Express

Infected people in Telangana do not have sufficiently space to even isolate themselves at home and villages are short of COVID-19 isolation centres. The Nalagonda district of Telangana are not only facing the issues of healthcare centres, vaccines and medication but also isolation problems.

The residents stay in a single room with attached kitchen. So, if any person is affected of COVID-19, they do not have a place to isolate themselves.

ISOLATION WARD ON THE TREE

In view of all the issues people are facing, an 18-year-old resident of Telangana decided to build a COVID ward himself. He made a bed of bamboo sticks and tied it with the tree branches in the verandah of his home.

He stays in Kothanandikonda situated in the interiors of Nalagonda district. Shiva tested positive of COVID-19 on 4th May. His neighbors adviced to isolate himself at home with his family.

NO ISOLATION CENTRES IN VILLAGES

His living conditions are not upto the mark. Moreover, there is no isolation centre in his village. So, Shiva got this idea of isolating himself at home. He has already spent 11 days on the tree.

Around 350 families resides in the village. The nearest health centre is 5 km away and if there is any emergency in any of the family, people have to travel 30 km in case of emergency.

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Shiva is not aware whether his village residers told the sarpanch about his positive report. He did not get any help from the villagers. They themselves are not stepping out of their homes.

There are 4 members in his family and he could not afford to get others affected because of him.

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Shiva said that there is no COVID-19 isolation centre near his home. Until the isolation centres are ready they don’t have any other alternative. So, he could not think of anything else but to stay on a tree.

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