Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to cover post-Covid ailments under Arogyasri scheme.

During a Spandana video conference here on Tuesday, he said that after recovery 10 per cent of the Covid-19 patients suffer from different ailments of ear, lungs, brain, or kidneys. They need to be identified and brought under the purview of Arogyasri.

The Chief Minister said that the patients should take precautions for at least six to eight weeks to overcome the ailments. He said if symptoms persist, they should be referred to Arogyasri empanelled hospitals.

The number of positive cases has come down. Nearly 70,000 tests are being conducted in the state and the recovery rate has reached 94.5 percent. Andhra Pradesh has become the state in the country to conduct 1, 33,474 tests per million population.

The Chief Minister said that the patients should be educated about the precautions that need to be taken. He said awareness should be created about 104 emergency numbers and the patient should be admitted in 30 minutes. Extra care should be taken about health and hygiene in the 200 odd empanelled hospitals, he said.

“Help desks should function at all the hospitals. Posters should be put up at the help desks giving all details about the precautions to be taken. Two Arogya Mitras should run the help desks. CCTVs should be arranged at the help desks to monitor their functioning,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that there should be no room for corruption in any of the hospitals and strict action should be taken against those resorting to graft.

“The Arogya Mitras have to monitor the availability of doctors, medicines, and health services to the people and give daily reports to the collectors, joint collectors, and the health secretary,” he said.

Jagan said a special drive should be conducted in next 10 days to create awareness about the precautions to be taken by the people.

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