Hyderabad: The BJP, on 2 March, slammed Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The BJP state spokesperson, K. Krishna Saagar Rao, asked why KCR has not taken the vaccination even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, minister of state (Home) Kishan Reddy, and many Chief Ministers across the country have taken it.

"KCR taking the vaccine will work as an enabler in Telangana to promote vaccine acceptance amongst the general public. As a leader of the state and head of the state government, he was expected to take the vaccine sooner than later," he added.

The BJP also accused KCR of not publicly promoting COVID-19 vaccination among the public through any message.

The minister of state for Home Affairs, Kishan Reddy, took the COVID-19 vaccine in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, GHMC Mayor G. Vijayalaxmi also took the COVID-19 vaccine at NIMS hospital. "The Telangana government has made all necessary arrangements to provide vaccine to people who are above 60 years followed by those who are in the age group 45-59 years with co-morbidities. Let's make India free from COVID-19 together. Let's get vaccinated," she said.

TS marks one year since detection of first COVID-19 case

This day last year, Telangana had detected its first COVID-19 case. To mark the occasion, Telangana health minister Etela Rajender attended a congratulatory event to honour COVID-19 warriors at Gandhi Hospital.

"It was doubtful whether our state would be able to cope with such a situation but we did. This is due to the efforts of the various governments and the support of the people. The government got praise because of the health workers," said the health minister.

He said doctors have worked tirelessly for weeks, leaving their family behind, to take care of people. "We have been able to get rid of the bad impression people had about doctors in government hospitals," he added.

Gandhi Hospital in the city was declared the COVID-19 nodal centre in the state after the first novel coronavirus case was detected. More than 35,000 COVID-19 patients have been treated in the Gandhi Hospital since then. "We have treated over 7,000 people in the most critical conditions here. The highest number of COVID-19 patients were taken care of in this hospital," said Mr. Rajender.

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