Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday had directed officials to ensure 50 percent of the beds in private hospitals are set aside for Aarogyasri patients while strictly following the government-set rates for treatment. He instructed the authorities to make sure that all the hospitals in the state strictly follow the rules and regulations set by the state government, besides ensuring the effective functioning of CCTVs and Aarogya Mitras.
Jaganmohan Reddy discussed with the district Collectors and SPs the Covid situation and a wide range of other issues during the Spandana videoconference. He was informed that so far as many as 28,737 people, which is over 70 percent of the total cases, are being treated under Aarogyasri. Responding, the Chief Minister told the officials to take action against hospitals that are overcharging patients within 24 hours after conducting raids, or else directly report to the Chief Minister.
Collectors were also told to take action against those who violate the rules. “Spare no one who violates the rules or resorts to any wrongdoing since this is time to do more service. It would be a mistake not to take action against wrongdoers,” said the Chief Minister. He said that no penalties should be imposed on making a mistake for the first time, but they should not be spared if they repeat the violations.
While interacting with the officials said that the number of cases have been decreasing from the past few days, which is a good sign. The Chief Minister congratulated the entire staff that is offering services in fighting against Covid-19. He said that the state has no tier-1 cities that offer advanced treatments, super-specialty hospitals and better medical infrastructure facilities, but still with the extensive hard work by the doctors, nurses, ASHA workers, volunteers, sanitation staff and all the frontline workers, the government was able to contain the pandemic.
He told the officials to focus on those areas, especially Chittoor, East and West Godavari districts where most cases are getting registered and take measures to control the spread. The Chief Minister said that district Collectors should monitor 104 call centre and ensure effective functioning of these centres and respond as if their own relatives were reaching out to the toll-free number. He said that officials and the government will be held responsible if the staff does not respond properly to the calls.
‘104’ number should be registered in the minds of people as a one-stop solution for all issues related to Covid. Incidentally, calls to the toll-free number have decreased from 19,000 to 7,000 per day. This was a sign that the number of positive cases have been declining. The Chief Minister directed the officials to focus on arranging oxygen and other medical facilities for beds at temporary German hangars.
The Chief Minister appreciated the officials for showing efficiency and progress in oxygen supply to the state, which was increased to over 600 tonnes from the earlier supply of 330 tonnes. As of now the state had kept enough oxygen to last two days even during the cyclone. He directed the authorities to focus on auditing on the usage of oxygen, supply and stocks and correct if any lapses exist. He told the authorities to ensure that oxygen reserves are maintained in each hospital to avoid accidents.
The Chief Minister said that the government has already imposed a curfew, permitting people to do their chores from 6 am to 12 noon. He also directed officials to ensure a strict curfew is imposed right after 12 noon. He urged people to take precautionary measures by wearing masks, staying indoors and maintaining social distance.