Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to utilise laboratory facilities at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad for Coronavirus tests.
KCR said that labs in CCMB can be used to test blood samples for a large number of patients in the country. He said the CCMB, which conducts life sciences research, was under the Centre’s control. If given an opportunity, a thousand samples can be tested at once at the CCMB, he said.
The Chief Minister was speaking to Mr Modi via a video conference conducted by the PM on measures taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. KCR explained the measures taken by the Telangana government and also offered some suggestions to the Prime Minister on preventive measures to be taken. In this context, he briefed Mr Modi about the facilities available at the CCMB.
KCR said that in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad, passengers come from foreign countries in large numbers and they have to be thoroughly checked. He said more focus should be on these cities and appropriate measures should be taken in this regard. Since the chances of the virus spreading from these passengers are high, international flights should be cancelled for some time in the country, the Chief Minister suggested.
Since a large number of people in the country travel by railways, tests should be conducted at railway stations.
Hygiene should be maintained in train compartments and at the stations, KCR said, adding all measures were taken in Telangana to prevent people from gathering in large numbers. Festivals like Sri Ram Navami, Jagne Ki Raat, and celebrations were cancelled. The CM assured Mr Modi that the state government would work with the Centre to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the country.