No lockdown in Telangana, not even weekend clampdown: Chief Secretary

The Chief Secretary assured that the state has an adequate number of beds, oxygen cylinders, medicines to treat COVID patients.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  5 May 2021 11:45 AM GMT
No lockdown in Telangana, not even weekend clampdown: Chief Secretary

Hyderabad: Putting an end to all floating rumors of a possible lockdown, Telangana's Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said the government is not of the opinion of a lockdown, not even a weekend clampdown. In what has surprised many, the Chief Secretary assured that the state has an adequate number of beds, oxygen cylinders, medicines to treat COVID patients.

To recall, the Telangana High Court had suggested the government think about the weekend lockdown. "We are considering the suggestion made by the high court, but we believe that it is of no use. The Covid19 cases have not come down in other states where complete lockdown is being implemented. In Telangana, situations and cases are under control and there is no need for lockdown," said the Chief Secretary.

However, urging people not to panic, Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said the COVID situation in the state is fully under control. Speaking to media after holding a teleconference with collectors, DM, and HOs along with top, he said all necessary medicine and kits are available and people should take follow all SOPs.

"The situation is under control and people should not panic. Outpatient department for COVID patients is operational in government hospitals, PHCs, sub-centers, and Basti dispensaries across the state," he said.

Chief Secretary said the use of medicines should be started as soon as COVID symptoms appear. He said steroids should be used if the fever does not recede after 4 days. According to the ICMR guidelines, starting medication as soon as symptoms appear will reduce the chances of hospitalization.

He said district collectors have been directed to meet people in Gram Panchayats akin to GHMC. "Medical kits will be provided to the people with symptoms on the spot. Teams will also monitor their health condition," he said. Officials of all the departments said there has been a decline in the number of cases since last week.

He said the state was carrying out the recruitment process and the number of beds in hospitals has been increased. "The number of beds in the state has been increased from 18,000 to 52,000 as per the directions of the Chief Minister. Collectors have been directed to take steps to ensure cleanliness as well as adequate lighting in hospitals. Collectors are allowed to make staff regulations in accordance with local requirements," he said.

"Authorities and teams have been instructed to conduct regular inspections and audits of hospitals. We are in constant touch with the central government to ensure regular oxygen supply," he said.

Kumar said measures are being taken to prevent oxygen shortage. "For the first time in the country, oxygen tankers have been airlifted to avoid delays. Around 48 tankers have been sent for a refill," he said.

He said those above 45 years are required to register for the vaccination. He directed the authorities to ensure coordination between district hospitals and COVID care centers. "We have asked for more Remedisvir. Medicines, testing kits, PPE kits, and masks are available as per the requirements. Call centers are functioning in the districts," he said .The Chief Secretary said patients from other states are also coming to Hyderabad for treatment. He said 33 ambulances came from other states and Delhi in the last 15 days.


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