Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed the officials to ensure that COVID 19 tests are available at all government hospitals from Primary Health Centres (PHCs) to district hospitals and focus should be on conducting more number of tests.
During the video conference with district collectors an SPs as part of the Spandana here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister said that efforts should be made on creating awareness among the public over COVID tests and make the tests available at all government hospitals.
Reiterating that we have to live with COVID he instructed authorities to be vigilant and take timely action. He directed the officials to make best use of 104 call centre in creating awareness and also ordered the district collectors to monitor the calls handled by the helpline and also conduct mock calls.
CM Jagan instructed the district collectors to lay focus on the test results, without the occurrence of any delays. Truenat and RTPCR tests results should be done within 24 hours of sample collection and in Rapid tests, the results should be given within 30 minutes of sample collection. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to strictly place the primary and secondary contacts of the positive cases under home quarantine.
Besides these, the CM instructed officials to provide a medical kit with all the required medicines for those in home isolation and told the Joint Collectors to monitor the supply of the kits.
He told the officials to expedite the recruitment process of medical professionals exclusively for COVID duty.
So far, the State government has taken a decision to recruit additional medical staff of about 17,000 for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Besides these, the government took a decision to recruit 11,000 trainee nurses.
Further, the officials told that 16 new teaching hospitals will be established and the tender process shall commence from next month. So far, there are 11 teaching hospitals across the State, and with the new ones, a total of 27 teaching hospitals will be available across the State. The officials were also informed to accelerate the process of identifying land for Urban Health Clinics.
Deputy Chief Minister All Nani, Ministers Botsa Satyanrayana, Adimulapu Suresh, other officials were among those at the Spandana programme.