Union Minister Sri Harshavardhan held a video conference with the state governments on Wednesday. In this context, on the instructions of Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao, finance Minister Sri T Harish Rao participated in the video conference.

                                            CHIEF MINISTER’S OFFICE GOVERNMENT OF TELANGANA

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Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Sri Harshavardhan has expressed satisfaction over the decrease in the intensity of the Corona in Telangana State. The Union Minister has assured the state that supply of Oxygen, medicines and injections like the Remdesivir, Vaccines, testing kits, ventilators and other Corona related drugs and essentials would be done immediately and the state’s quota would also be increased in this regard.

Union Minister Sri Harshavardhan held a videoconference with the state governments on Wednesday. In this context, on the instructions of Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao, finance Minister Sri T Harish Rao participated in the videoconference. CM Secretary and Special Officer from the CMO (Covid) Sri Rajasekhar Reddy, Health Director Sri Srinivas Rao, DME SrI Ramesh Reddy, Technical Advisor Sri Gangadhar also participated.

In the back drop of the Union Minister eliciting information from various states on the measures taken to curtail the spread of the Corona virus, Sri Harish Rao explained about the curtailment measures taken by the state government. Sri Harish Rao urged the Union Minister to enhance quota of the Telangana State and supply the required quantities of the Oxygen, medicines, Vaccines and other essential materials immediately.

Speaking at the videoconference, Sri Harish Rao said that the state government had enhanced the basic infrastructure considerably by the time second wave arrived. During the first wave of Corona spread, there were only 18,232 beds, which were increased to 53,775, i.e., three fold during the second wave. The CM with his foresight had increased the 9213 Oxygen beds to 20738, ICU beds from 3264 to 11274. There is a three-fold increase of these beds.

The Finance Minister said under the instructions from the CM, Medical and Health Department in the state is conducting door-to-door fever survey to contain the Corona spread. 27039 Teams consisting of the ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, ANM staff are visiting each and every household and conducting the fever tests. Sri Harish Rao informed the union health Minister that Health Kits comprising the essential medicines to treat Corona are supplied to those suspected patients. He said this survey programme is helping to identify those who have no idea that they are tested positive for the Corona and preventing the spread of the virus and helping their subsequent hospitalisation. It is also helping to prevent the deaths due to the virus, Sri Harish Rao said. He said so far Fever tests are done in 60 lakh households, suspected are kept in the isolation and are given the health kits. He said the lockdown has begun in the state from today.

On this occasion, Sri Harish Rao, on the instructions from the CM made several requests to the union Minister. With the Telangana State becoming a medical Hub, people from the neighbouring states are rushing to Hyderabad and their numbers are far more than the patients within the State. Hence there was mad rush of the patients. People from AP, Karnataka, and Maharashtra who have tested positive in their states are coming to Hyderabad for the treatment. Hence there is discrepancy in the Covid Positive cases number. This has also become an unbearable burden on the state government. Sri Harish Rao urged that instead of making allocations of medicines, Oxygen and others based on the population in Telangana State, the quota should be fixed based on the number of beds of the positive cases both within the state and those coming from other states on a daily basis. The shortage of medicines and others in the State was due to the difference in the calculation of the positive cases, the Finance Minister explained.

Sri Harish Rao said that based on these facts, there should be more allocation of the essential medicines, Oxygen, ventilators and etc., for the State. He wanted supply of the enhanced quota of the Oxygen, Vaccines, and Remdesivir immediately.  The 450 MT of Oxygen for the State should be increased to 600 MT per day. He wanted Oxygen cryogenic Tankers should be brought into the state from the neighbouring states like AP, Maharashtra but not from distant states like Odisha as it would help quick delivery and supply. As already informed by the CM, supply of Remdesivir injunctions should be increased to 20,000 vials per day. Since patients are coming to Telangana State by Air Ambulances, the supply of Tocilizumab injections should be increased from 810 to 1500. He said the Telangana state needs 2 Lakh testing kits per day and they should be supplied forthwith. He said on the instructions of the CM, the second dose of the Vaccine is being administered all over the State. To vaccinate people above 45 years of age, 1.29 Crore Vaccines are required. There is an urgent need of 13 Lakh vaccines till end of this month and they should be supplied immediately. He also wanted the immediate supply of 2000 Ventilators, which are very much needed for the State. The Union Minister positively responded to the requests and suggestions and said he had noted down the points. The Union Minister also assured that all the required needs of the state would be fulfilled.




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