Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched  ‘DR YSR Telemedicine’ programme to help the health department locate people with COVID-19 symptoms.

As of 11 April, 286 doctors and 114 executives have registered voluntarily to provide their services under the telemedicine programme. The staff will work in three shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Chief Minister has instructed officials to strengthen this programme, ensure regular monitoring, and increase the number of doctors if needed.

People who show symptoms can give a missed call to 14410. On receiving a missed call, an executive collects the details of the patient and a doctor will respond through audio or video conference. He will prescribe medicines and tests required through SMS. People with symptoms will be sent to PHCs, district- and state-level hospitals for further treatment.

In the case of home treatment, the medical prescription will be sent to medical officers in the area where the patient lives. The required medicines will be packed and sent to the patient through Asha workers, ANMs, and volunteers. The medicine delivery services will be provided to non-COVID-19 patients as well.

Meanwhile, during a review meeting, the Chief Minister instructed officials to tests people who have been identified during the family survey and take suggestions from AIIMS doctors to deliver advanced medical services. About 1,100 to 1,200 samples should be tested every day, he told the officials and asked them to ensure there was no shortage of oxygen supply.

Jagan has also ordered officials to set up a 400-bed hospital in Anantapur, Prakasam, and Nellore for COVID-19 patients. He sought details on the equipment being provided to the medical and paramedical staff. For the same, officials said that 10,000 PPEs are being manufactured in the state every day.

Officials also told the Chief Minister that there was no issue regarding crop price. Moreover, horticulture products are being transported to other states. “We are in talks with the Center regarding the time constraints of markets in other states so that sales will be increased,” said an official.

The Chief Minister instructed officials to discuss with the Central government to open aqua markets in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh so that the aqua products will be transported to these states. He further instructed the officials to work on exporting products to other countries such as the USA and Europe. Jagan told them to ensure that daily essential goods are sold at prices displayed in front of the shops. He told the officials to provide ration and Rs. 1,000 cash to the poor people and told them to issue ration cards to people who do not have them.

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