Etela says can’t stop politicians going to private hospitals for treatment

TS Health Minister Etela Rajender is seen addressing media in TIMS hospital today.

Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender refused to accept the responsibility for the death of a young patient in Chest hospital yesterday. He said the dead patient identified as Ravi was not a covid patient and he was tested positive only after his death.”Doctors declared that he died of heart complication and not due to Covid”, he declared.

Addressing the press conference in TIMS hospital today, the health Minister expressed his concern over the orchestrated campaign being waged by some disgruntled elements on social media against the state government on the Chest hospital incident. He pointed out that even the head nurse of the same (Chest) hospital died. But I can’t blame someone just like that, he said.


He further said that all put together they have more than 17,000 beds exclusively to treat the Covid patients out of which the oxygen facilities for the 3500 beds have already been completed and the works to connect oxygen pipelines to rest of the 6500 beds are underway. He also appealed to the people to come to the Government hospital for treatment as they are all well equipped.

Reacting to allegations that Private hospitals are not accepting covid patients for treatment on the pretext of non-availability of beds, the Minister pointed out that they lack the capacity to increase the bed numbers as in the case of Government hospitals due to economic mismatch. Hence, they cannot accommodate more than the beds what they have, he concluded.

When questioned as to why the Politicians are going to private hospitals for treatment, he pointed out that they are seeking private treatment on the advice of their family doctor. “He can we stop them from going to private hospital for treatment”, he said.

He further said the TIMS hospital is already treating outpatients and is gearing up to take in patients soon as the recruitment process of appointing over 4700 medical staff has been completed and they would be joining duties from tomorrow.

He further indicated that the government has decided to impose yet another lockdown in the city this time due to a spike in the number of positive cases. “A decision to this effect would be taken at a cabinet meeting to be held in a day or two”, he said adding that no one needs to suspect the integrity of CM KCR as for the fight Covid is concerned. “We have been sincerely working hard day and night to contain the pandemic. Instead of supporting us, if you continued to throw boulders on us, it is something painful”, he said.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar speaking on the occasion appealed to the Private hospitals not to take admission of those who are not symptomatic and appealed to people not to get panic if tested positive and treat it cautiously by adhering to strict home quarantine rules. CS further stated that 70 to 80 per cent of the tests conducted by the private laboratories are proving to be wrong. Hence, we have given them a chance to rectify their mistakes, otherwise, he said, will initiate action.