Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked officials to pull up their socks to meet the challenge of a possible third wave of COVID-19.

Jagan asked them to ready hospitals and health department to handle the third wave.

He asked the officials to use their experience from handling the first two waves and to mitigate the spread of the virus and also to mitigate the casualties.

He reviewed the COVID-19 situation with officials at his Tadepalli camp office and asked them to speed up the vaccination drive beside strictly implementing COVID-19 guidelines.

Officials were told to activate the drug control department to keep an eye on the spread of spurious drugs in the market.

Officials told the chief minister that 20,464 oxygen concentrators and 27,311 oxygen cylinders are readily available in the state. They further said 104 oxygen plants would be ready by the end of August and 16 more by the second week of September.

On the vaccination front, officials told the chief minister that 1,82,00,284 persons have been immunized. Of whom 66,01,563 have been administered both doses

. The chief minister told officials to ensure that village and ward volunteers are engaged in identifying suspected cases of COVID-19 infection. He also told them to use the services of volunteers in identifying other ailments and provide treatment.

The chief minister also directed officials to complete hospital renovation works under the Nadu-Nedu programme. On new recruitments, the chief minister asked officials to complete the process without further delay. He wanted officials to fill all vacancies and new posts, right from the village clinic and primary health center (PHC) to the teaching hospital.

The chief minister reviewed the progress of construction work for 16 new government medical colleges and teaching hospitals and asked officials to complete the work on priority.

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