State asked to evolve an action plan to contain covid spread

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The central team led by Joint Secretary Union Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal suggested the state authorities focus on containment measures, increasing testing capacity, tracing and clinical management in the state.

The team during a review meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar along with top State health officials wanted to formulate an action plan for the next two months keeping in view the likely increase in the number of positive cases. The Central team includes senior IAS officers Jaju and Dr Ravindran.

Earlier, the central team took stock of the ground-level situation on their first day of their trip today by visiting Telangana Institute of Medical Science, Gachibowli, Gandhi Hospital, containment area of Dhobigalli in Domalaguda.

The health department made a detailed presentation on the steps taken on Covid 19 management in the state. The surveillance and containment measures, hospital preparedness, procurement of protection equipment, preventive measures were briefed to the central team. The state has a capacity of 17081 beds. 4489 additional staff have been recruited to strengthen treatment. An amount of Rs 475.74 crores has been sanctioned towards strengthening medical infrastructure.

The central team also shared their field visit experience in other states and expressed satisfaction particularly appreciated the hospital management in the state. The meeting was attended by the Special Chief Secretary to Health Smt. Santhi Kumari, Principal Secretary to Govt. (MA&UD) Arvind Kumar, Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Smt Yogita Rana, Commissioner, GHMC Lokesh Kumar, Collector, Hyderabad Smt. Swetha Mohanty, Collector Rangareddy Amoy Kumar, and Collector, Medchal Venkateswarlu.

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