Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, during a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, urged him to focus on increasing medical facilities in the country.

The PM held a video conference with 10 chief ministers in the country on Covid-19 pandemic. The CM told Modi that the pandemic had reminded everyone about the need to increase medical facilities in the country.

Explaining the measures taken to check the spread of Covid-19 by the Telangana government, KCR said, “We have taken all steps to contain Covid-19. The recovery rate in TS is 71 per cent and the death rate is at 0.7 per cent. We have increased the number of tests many folds. We are giving better treatment to the Corona patients. Adequate number of beds, medicines, staff and other equipment has been kept available at the health facilities. The medical and health staff, police personnel and other government machinery are working round-the-clock to keep the spread of the virus under check.”

He also said, “The pandemic has made us understand that there is an urgent need to ramp up medical facilities in the country. A visionary outlook and thinking is necessary to initiate adequate measures in the health sector for a better future. Strategic planning should be done to provide modern medical facilities to the people in the country. Both the Centre and state governments should jointly implement a comprehensive strategy. So far, we did not face a situation like this and it is like a learning experience.”

Health minister Eatala Rajender, along with heath officials, also participated in the video conference. Besides KCR, CMs of AP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat and UP interacted with the PM.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao also said: “We are not sure when the pandemic would end. We should be able to plan on how to deal with a similar situation if it arises in the future and how could better services be provided to the people. We have to think about the ideal doctor, people ratio number of new medical colleges needed. We have to consult Institutions like the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and take their advice to plan properly.”

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