From Our Bureau
14TH JUNE 2020
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday announced that Corona tests will be conducted on 50,000 people in 30 Assembly segments of five severely affected districts—Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Medchal, Vikarabad and Sangareddy—over the next 10 days as a precautionary measure.
He declared that strict measures would be taken to contain the spread of Corona Virus in Hyderabad and its surrounding areas. He also instructed the officials to prepare guidelines for the private hospitals and Labs to conduct COVID-19 tests, offer treatment and the fees to be charged strictly following the COVID conditions.
The CM held a high-level review meeting here on Pragathi Bhavan on the spread of Corona Virus and the containment measures. Medical and Health Minister Etela Rajender, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, CMO Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Secretary Rajasekhar Reddy, senior medical officials and medical experts took part in the meeting.
The officials pointed out that compared to other States, the spread of virus was less in the State. They also said that there was an increase in the percentage of recoveries while there was fall in the death rate. They pointed out that, when compared to other places in the State, the number of positive cases being registered was more in Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medchal districts followed by Sangareddy and Vikarabad districts.
In this backdrop, the CM instructed that more focus should be put on Hyderabad and the four districts around it. He also instructed that measures should be taken on a war footing in the 30 Assembly segments in these five districts.
“Hyderabad is like the heart of Telangana State. It is a city with more population. It is one of the Metropolitan cities in the country. It is the responsibility on all of us to ensure that the health of citizens, the image of the city and its progress and development are maintained on a permanent basis. Though the spread of Corona virus is less in the State, but more number of positive cases are being reported from Hyderabad and its surrounding places. There is a need to put an end to this,” he observed.
In the next ten days as a precautionary measure, Corona detection tests would be conducted on 50,000 people from Uppal, LB Nagar, Maheswaram, Ibrahimpatnam, Rajendranagar, Seri Lingampalli, Chevella, Pargi, Vikarabad, Tandoor, Medchal, Malkajgiri, Qutubullahpur, Kukatpally, Malakpet, Amberpet, Musheerabad, Khairatabad, Jubilee Hills, Sanathnagar, Nampally, Karwan, Goshamahal, Charminar, Chandrayangutta, Yakutpura, Bahadurpura, Secunderabad, Secunderabad Cantonment and Patancheru Assembly Constituencies. Services of the private labs and hospitals would be utilised in this regard. The officials would finalize the guidelines for conducting tests and the fees to be collected by the private labs and hospitals. There will be Home Quarantine for those who tested positive but have no serious symptoms.
“We have taken a decision to conduct tests on 50,000 people as a precaution to protect Hyderabad. People should not panic. However, everyone should follow personal hygiene and precautions. Especially the aged should remain in their homes only. People with other health complications should also be careful,” he added.
“The government is ready to offer treatment to the Corona virus positive patients, whatever may be their number. Test Kits, PPE Kits, ventilators, ICU Beds, beds, masks etc are available with the government adequately. Nobody should entertain any fear. Besides taking measures on a war footing to contain the virus, the government is in all preparedness to offer medical treatment to the patients with all the commitment and alertness,” the CM declared. (eom)