Warangal: Slamming the Telangana government for the poor condition of COVID-19 wards at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital here, the state BJP president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay said the state government is playing with the lives of people.

On 14 May, Mr. Sanjay inspected the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital. "There is not much difference between the Civil Hospital in Karimnagar and the MGMH in Warangal – both have nothing to offer as far as healthcare is concerned," he said. The death of a doctor and four lab technicians shows that the MGM staff is overburdened, he added while criticizing the state government for failing to fill the vacant posts.

On the other hand, the state of COVID-19 wards is appalling, the MP said referring to the unhygienic conditions in MGMH. The government needs to give incentives to the frontline warriors for their services at a time when coronavirus is wreaking havoc, he added.

Mr. Sanjay accused the state government of failing to utilize the 100 ventilators provided through the Prime Minister Cares Fund. Even though the MGMH is facing a shortage of PPE kits, Remdesivir injections, surgical masks, and oxygen, the government is not bothered about it, the BJP state chief said.

He accused the state government of hiding the actual number of COVID-19 deaths and the number of patients. The BJP is not pointing to the state government's failures just for the sake of criticism but for the improvement of the healthcare system, he added.

Earlier, Mr. Sanjay, wearing a PPE kit, spoke to patients and medical officials in the COVID-19 ward. After inquiring about the facilities, he said that the kin of the patients are forced to take care of the infected inside the ward. They do not even have gloves or PPE kits, he said, adding they pose a risk to those around them while they travel home and also to other family members. Mr. Sanjay demanded that staff be recruited in the hospital immediately to take care of the patients.

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