Union Minister of State for Home Gangapuram Kishan Reddy called upon the state government to infuse confidence among people as they are losing hope on the Government-run hospitals in the state.
Revealing his experience of his visit to the 3 covid hospitals in the state today through video conference, Kishan Reddy said the number of covid cases in the state is increasing alarmingly while private hospitals continue to fleece Corona patients in the absence of proper facilities at the Government-run hospitals, especially at Gandhi hospital. “I found Sanitization needs to be enhanced there”, he opined adding that “people are afraid of going to Gandhi hospital. Hence are approaching Private hospitals for treatment though it’s costing them lakhs”.
‘Staff at Gandhi hospital complained to me about not receiving the Covid Incentives announced by the Chief Minister earlier to the frontline Corona warriors. This has to change. They should be given their incentives immediately besides announcing them more incentives to boost their morale’, he said.
He further stated that the government is facing manpower crunch due to which the newly announced TIMS hospital was not opened for public. He pointed out that the Central government has been doing everything to support the state governments in its fight against Covid pandemic. “PM Has announced several measures including the extension of Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana and Anna Yojana for another 3 months besides creating employment opportunities to migrant labourers under MGNRES scheme”, he said adding that “today I had a review meetings with officials of Medial, MGNRES, MSME etc on the implementation of Central Covid schemes as announced by the Prime Minister”, he declared.
The Centre had set up 1,239 dedicated covid hospitals across the country with more than 5 lakh beds out of which 34,479 have been earmarked for ICU. There was only one testing lab in Pune in the month of March which has now grown to 1050 labs today. The Centre has provided the Telangana state with 7.44 lakh masks, 2.41 lakh PPE Kits, 22.50 lakh HCQ tablets, 5.11 lakh testing kits besides 1220 ventilators out of which 888 ventilators have already been provided.
Kishan Reddy said the Center has released Rs215 crore to meet the medical necessities of the state to run the hospitals besides giving full freedom to handle the Covid pandemic situation and appealed to the state government to improve the present situation only to boost the morale of the people.