Telangana CS Somesh Kumar Asks GHMC Officials To Conduct Door To Door Survey To Identify COVID-19 Patients

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The rising number of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 cases has raised concerns to the Telangana Health Department. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and districts like Medchal Malkajgiri, Rangareddy and Sangareddy are major regions with a rising number of cases. 

After the removal of Eatala Rajender as the Telangana Health Minister, the State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar is handling the Coronavirus situation. In order to control the situation and the spread of the virus, the Telangana CS decided to conduct a door to door survey. The survey would begin under the GHMC limits to identify COVID-19 patients.

In regard to this, Somesh Kumar directed the GHMC officials to form and start the survey. Each team would have a municipal staff, two accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers and one auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM.) During the survey, the formed teams would identify people with the Novel Coronavirus symptoms and deliver the medical kits through e-clinic. Somesh Kumar also asked them to ensure whether the health condition of those patients are stable and asked to increase COVID-19 care centres at all GHMC circles.

With respect to the orders from the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Mr. Somesh Kumar held a tele conference and reviewed the current COVID-19 situation in the City. The Secretary of Health S.A.M. Rizvi, Commissioner of the GHMC Lokesh Kumar, the Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration (CDMA) N. Satyanarayana, the Special Secretary Finance Ronald Rose, the Secretary of the Intermediate Education Syed Omer Jaleel, the Secretary Tourism and Culture Srinivasa Raju, the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Limited (TSIIC) Managing Director (MD) Narasimha Reddy and other senior officials were present during the meeting.

During the meeting, Mr. Somesh Kumar also asked the officials to open outpatient services at all government hospitals, urban health centres and basti dawakanas. In addition, the CS directed to increase beds in Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS,) Sarojini Devi, Chest, Gandhi, Fever, Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS,) King Koti and other hospitals in areas like Malakpet, Golconda, Vanasthalipuram, Kondapur and others. He also wanted the State Health staff to organise a cleanliness drive in all the government hospitals, urban primary health centres and basti dawakhanas to maintain hygienic conditions.

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