Three pronged strategy to check COVID

CAPTION: People waiting outside a PHC centre for vaccination in Vijayawada on Monday. Photo;Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Amaravati, April 26:

The State government will adopt a three-pronged strategy to check the spread of coronavirus across the state.

During the review meeting held on prevailing COVID situation at camp office here on Monday, orders were issued to adopt a three pronged strategy to ensure better treatment, oxygen, quality food, medicine, water and sanitation facilities in covid hospitals, allotment of beds to covid patients and to check the services of 104 call centre. The three pronged strategy, which will work from district to state level, will ensure no private hospital charge more than the prescribed price and also monitor the medical services in the hospitals.

District Collectors will form hospitals where Covid patients were being treated into clusters. The District level officer would be put incharge of each cluster. The officer, who visits the hospitals frequently would be made responsible and ensure that no private hospital charged more than the prescribed fees. Wherever any complaint was received, the officer will respond quickly and take necessary action.

The Collector will constitute a flying squad at the district level to check on private hospitals from to ensure that they do not over charging. The squad would have an officer from the Drug Control Division, one from the Vigilance Enforcement Division and another from the Medical Health Department. The squad would ensure private hospitals do not charge to much money.

A special task force committee with senior officers at the state level has been set up to review the performance of clusters and flying squads in the districts from time to time. State COVID Command Control Center Chairperson Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, Vigilance Enforcement Director General KV Rajendra nath Reddy, Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar, Medicine Regulatory department Director General Ravi Shankar were members of the the Special task force committe headed by Higher Education Special Chief Secretary Satish Chandra.

The State Government has given the responsibilities of all activities of COVID to a Joint Collector in the district, transferring their existing duties to others. The Joint Collector should ensure good sanitation facilities, quality food supply, availability of doctors and paramedical staff, setting up of help desks etc. They should monitor the performance of Arogya Mitras through CCTV cameras. They should coordinate with call centre and ensure all works are done on time. Along with these, the JCs are also responsible for data updation and management of hospitals.

The Chief Minister said to increase the number of COVID tests and ensure the results come with in 24 hours of testing. He said to inspect on focused testing, creating awareness on COVID, CCTV cameras in hospitals, setting up of health desks etc.

Orders were given to cap CT scan fee at Rs 3,000 and RT-PCR test at Rs 499 and to set up oxygen production plants and ensure continuous supply of electricity to hospitals. Notification will be released for recruiting 1,170 specialist doctors, 1,170 general duty medical officers, 2,000 staff nurses, 306 anesthesia technicians, 330 FNOs, 300 MNOs as 300 sweepers.

A view of the Deserted look of Sri Kanaka Durga Temple Arjuna Veedi side due to Corona in Vijayawada on Monday. Photo;Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

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