The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government is making all the possible arrangements for the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 patients in the State.
At a time when the states and cities are struggling to have beds, oxygen and medical infrastructure for patients, the Telangana Government assured the citizens about all the arrangements. Eatala Rajender, the Health Minister of Telangana, on the 27th of April, said, in a week, Telangana would have 3,010 new oxygen beds for patients.
Mr. Eatala Rajender said, “Once the new oxygen beds are ready, Gandhi Hospital would have additional 400 such beds followed by Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) 300, Warangal Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) 300, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Hospital 200, Suryapet Municipal Corporation Hospital (MCH) 200, Nalgonda Government Hospital 200, Mahabubnagar Government Hospital 200, Siddipet Government Hospital 200, Mancherial District Hospital 100.”
In addition to the aforementioned hospitals, beds would also be available at Malakpet Hospital, Golconda Hospital, Vanasthalipuram Hospital, Ameerpet Hospital, Nacharam Hospital, Nizamabad Medical College Hospital, Chest Hospital and Erragadda Hospital.
Recently, the State Government also assured to have enough oxygen for patients denying any shortage. The Telangana Government used Army aircraft to airlift tanks of oxygen from an Odisha steel plant.
According to the State Medical Department, Telangana needs 270 tonnes of oxygen per day. However, the K. Chandrashekar Rao led State Government arranged for 400 tonnes of oxygen per day. Similarly, the TRS Government is also producing 5.76-lakh litres of oxygen with the help of the PM Care Funds.
In regard to this, the KCR Government appointed IAS officers, who would supervise the COVID-19 situation and would ensure the facilities are being given to patients.
Mr. Eatala Rajender said, “The Government is very promptly responding to the issues. There will be no shortage of oxygen in the State anymore.” In addition, the Telangana Minister criticised the Central Government for their vaccination policy in the third phase. He said, the Central Government should provide the vaccination for free to states. He also questioned different pricing of COVID-19 vaccines, which are being provided to Centre at Rs.150 and to State at Rs. 400 (Covisheild) and Rs. 600 (COVAXIN.)
The two India made vaccines which are being administered to people are the Serum Institute of India (SII) manufactured Covisheild and the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Private Limited manufactured COVAXIN.
Recently on the 27th of April, the Supreme Court (SC) also reviewed the matter of different pricing of COVID-19 vaccines for Central Government and state governments and demanded an answer.
The SC asked the respective state governments and Central Government to file a reply regarding the same along with COVID-19 situation to the Top Court by the 30th of April.
Meanwhile, in Telangana the cases are rising massively with 10,000 new cases regularly.
The State has more than 4 lakh positive cases and close to 65,000 active cases.
Stay tuned for further updates.