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HYDERABAD: With apartments and housing complexes across Hyderabad reporting a high number of Covid-19 cases, the United Federation of Residential Welfare Associations (UFERWAS), an apex body of RWAs in the city, has come up with an action plan to assist residents.

Through various social media platforms, its members are dispersing important information — including the availability of beds in hospitals, oxygen cylinders, contacts of food and essential goods suppliers etc — to people across the twin cities.

According to rough estimates drawn up by UFERWAS, based on feedback received from various RWAs, about 15,000 of the total 40,000 (approx) apartments in Hyderabad have reported Covid-19 cases between the second week of March and now.

Apart from souring information from the ground, the apex body is also using the state government’s daily Covid bulletin to update residents about vacant beds and other crucial informations that can help people. “We are sharing information about the availability of beds (hospital wise) and also oxygen cylinders to our RWAs through social media platforms. We are also suggesting that they coordinate with doctors, staying in their apartments, so that they can help affected people, especially those who need hospitalisation,” said B T Srinivasan, general secretary, UFERWAS.

The body has also prepared a safety protocol that is being circulating among all RWAs. It suggests that RWAs sanitise all floors of an apartment, that have positive cases, and restrict movement in these areas. “Particularly for patients living alone, or where the entire family has been affected, we have recommended that RWAs approach catering services so that they can be delivered food on regular basis, till the quarantine period is over,” Srinivasan added.

Apart from this the apex body has also appealed officials of the state Medical and Health Department to allot specific time slots to senior citizens, in their respective upper primary health centres and hospitals, to ensure they are vaccinated at the earliest.

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