From Our Bureau
15th May 2020
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that Hyderabad remains the hot-spot of Corona virus cases in Telangana and there are no active cases in the rest of the State.
The CM said that the lockdown in the State would continue as it is. Based on the guidelines to be given by the Central Government on May 17, when the present spell of countrywide lockdown announced by the Centre comes to an end, further strategy for the State would be finalised.
He instructed officials concerned to take precautionary measures to prevent seasonal diseases that may break out during rainy season, even while continuing the efforts to contain the spread of Corona in the State.
The CM held a high-level review meeting on Friday at Pragathi Bhavan here on measures taken to curtail the Corona Virus, implementation of the lockdown and precautionary measures to be taken to prevent the outbreak of seasonal diseases.
“Corona Virus in Telangana has limited itself to four zones in Hyderabad City. LB Nagar, Malakpet, Charminar, Karwan Zones have Corona active cases. There are 1,442 families in these areas. Some migrant labour in Yadadri-Bhongir, Jangaon, Mancherial have tested positive for the virus but not people from these districts. Hence, it cannot be counted as the three districts having the positive cases. In the four containment zones where there are positive cases, the restrictions are implemented in totality. All those who are having symptoms are identified and treatment is given to them,” the CM said.
“There is nothing to be scared about Corona. A majority of people have been recovering from the virus. In the Telangana State, the percentage of people who died due to Corona was only 2.38 per cent. This is less than the nation’s average of 3.5 per cent. Hence, there is no need to be fearful about Corona. We don’t know how long this Virus will be with us. Hence, we have to adapt a strategy to live with it and we have no option,” the CM added.
“From Saturday, in all the areas in the State, shops selling Air conditioners, automobile show rooms, automobile spare parts shops, will be permitted to open. Registration offices and RTA offices all over the State will function. Other lockdown guidelines will be implemented,” he pointed out.
“The lockdown imposed by the Central government would come to an end on May 17. There is a possibility of the Centre releasing some more guidelines on the matter. The State will examine those guidelines, review the situation in the state and finalise the future course of strategy and implement the same,” he explained.
“We have to be on alert about those visiting from abroad, those coming here by trains. Please conduct tests for those coming to Hyderabad by flights. If they test positive for the virus, send them to the hospitals for quarantine. Otherwise, put them in home quarantine. For those reaching Hyderabad by air to go to other States, put them in special buses and send them to their respective states from the Airport itself. Conduct tests on the migrant labour reaching here by trains. Send people from other States to their respective states,” he told the officials.
He further instructed the officials to take up sanitation works in urban areas and in the villages so that there will not be any outbreak of seasonal diseases. He wanted them to ensure spraying of Sodium hypo chloride five times in a month, removal of garbage and fogging operations several times to prevent mosquitoes’ menace.
“The authorities must keep urban areas and villages clean. This will help contain the Corona virus and prevent outbreak of any seasonal diseases. In Urban areas, Mayors, Chairpersons, Corporators, and in rural areas, Sarpanches, MPTC and, ZPTC members and Zilla Parishad Chairperson should play an active role. They should keep the areas under their jurisdiction clean and tidy. They should create awareness among the people and get work done by the official machinery,” he added.
“Though the economic situation is not good due to the lockdown, we are ensuring that funds are not a problem to take up sanitation works and other emergency works in urban and rural areas. We are releasing the monthly funds to urban and rural areas. We have so far released for the months of February, March, April and May. We have instructed the finance department to release funds for the month of June,” the CM said.
The CM said that in Hyderabad City, Basthi Dawakhanas got a good response. As on date, 123 Basthi Dawakhans are running, he said and instructed Medical and Health Minister Etala Rajender and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao to open 45 more clinics. He also instructed the officials to conduct Haritha Haram programme all over the State from June 20. (eom)