Telangana to scale up COVID-10 tests to 40,000 per day and provide 10,000 oxygen beds


From Our Bureau

6th AUGUST 2020  

Telangana Government has decided to provide 10,000 Oxygen beds at the government hospitals across the State and to ramp up the COVID-19 tests to 40,000 per day.

The State Cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday, discussed threadbare about the Corona virus spread, treatment given to those affected with Corona, further strengthening of the Public health system and other related issues.

The Cabinet dwelt on the subject for two and half hours with experts, doctors. Medical and Health Principal Secretary, Commissioner, several heads of Medical and Health departments. The officials briefed the Cabinet on the Corona situation in the State.

“The Corona virus which spread across all the countries in the world, as on date, is on the decrease in all the major cities. Cases are coming down in Hyderabad also. In Telangana State, the death rate is low and the rate of those recovering is more. Hence, there is no need for the people to feel anxious,” the medical experts explained to the Cabinet.

The Cabinet urged the people not to get anxious about the Corona Virus. The government is ready to give treatment to all Covid patients, whatever may be their number. There is no need for the people to rush to the private hospitals spending more money as the government hospitals are equipped with all facilities, medicines and expert doctors and the people should utilise these services.

The Cabinet also made it clear that the government is ready to spend any amount of money to ensure medicines, equipment and facilities in the government hospitals. In this context, the government has taken several decisions.

It was decided to make available to the needy, in all the government hospitals, Remdesivir, Low Molecular Weight Heparin, Dexamethasone injections, Favipiravir tablets, other medicines, PPE Kits and test Kits. For those offering free medical services in the private medical colleges, the government will bear the expenses for medicines, injections, and food.

The Cabinet resolved that those who tested positive would be put in Home Quarantine with home isolation kits. It was decided to keep 10 lakh Home Isolation Kits ready. The government authorised the District Collectors to appoint staff in the Government hospitals on a temporary basis.

It was also decided to provide 10,000 Oxygen beds all over the State. The officials concerned are instructed to conduct 40,000 tests per day.

The government also decided to act stringently against the Private hospitals, which are indulging in irregularities while giving treatment to the COVID patients.

The Cabinet has decided to provide Rs 100 Crore, in addition to Rs 100 Crore released recently. The funds for the Medical and Health department would be released monthly without fail. (eom)

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