Fear of coronavirus killing more than the virus itself!


Starting April this year, Continental Hospitals, a leading healthcare provider in Hyderabad, received many calls from family members of patients who have suffered “stroke” and struggling for survival. These family members seek medical advice over the telephone instead of taking the victims to a nearby medical facility/hospital. It is feared that many of these patients succumb to not receiving timely medical attention.

According to the information available nationally and globally, there is a significant drop in the number of cases getting reported for stroke with neurology departments of prominent public and private hospitals. And this situation arose from the fear of contracting ‘coronavirus’ if one visits a hospital or any other medical facility.

Commenting on the emerging situation, Dr Kailas Mirche, Associate Consultant Neurologist, Continental Hospitals said, “We cater to the medical needs of our regular patients using remote and digital means. But, prescribing medicine to a new patient or to someone who has likely suffered a massive stroke without physically assessing the conditions could be dangerous, and we avoid doing that. We request the family members of the victim to shift the patient to a nearby medical facility/hospital on an emergency basis to ensure the life of the patient is saved. Administering blood thinner injection within four and half hours of the patient suffering stroke will ensure the patient can be revived and saved, which in fact will reduce both morbidity and mortality as well. Unfortunately, there is a sharp dip in the number of cases getting registered from stroke at hospitals. And this is a dangerous scenario that is emerging.

We, at Continental Hospitals take world-class precautions to ensure patients are kept and treated in a virus-free environment. It is important that patients suffering from serious health conditions like stroke or cardiac arrests are brought to the hospital without losing much time to ensure she/he can be saved. While Covid-19 is a serious problem, ignoring timely medical attention could result in immediate deaths,” added Dr Rahul Medakkar, CEO, Continental Hospitals.

The situation in our society needs urgent awareness of the high morbidity and the risk of mortality in non-communicable or non-Covid related diseases. It is important that people understand the risks in avoiding timely healthcare support to ensure lives are saved in emergencies.



About Continental Hospitals:

Continental Hospital is a NABH and JCI-accredited facility in Hyderabad offering multi-specialty tertiary and quaternary care services. The hospital has a capacity of 750 beds with 250 operational beds currently. The hospital has Green OT, Level 3 NICU and PICU, and it’s known for efficient critical care team. The hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology. Key specialties include Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Gastroenterology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Orthopedics and Emergency Medicine.

Continental Hospitals is a part of IHH Healthcare, a leading premium integrated healthcare provider with a network of 84 hospitals and more than 16,000 licensed beds. It is one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalization and is listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and Main Board of SGX-ST. IHH is a leading player in the home markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and India, and in their key growth markets of China and Hong Kong.