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Telangana Governor seeks private hospitals’ support to improve healthcare



Amid concerns over a sharp spike in Coronavirus cases in Telangana lately, the governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday sought the support and recommendations of the private hospitals to help improve the healthcare infrastructure and protocols to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Though the governor summoned the chief secretary and health secretary on Monday to discuss on Covid-19 situation prevailing across the state, both the bureaucrats expressed their inability citing prior engagements. The two bureaucrats reportedly met the governor late on Tuesday.

Addressing the representatives of 11 leading private hospitals in Telangana through a virtual conference, the governor appealed to them to address the growing concerns and grievances of the Coronavirus patients pertaining to exorbitant charges and unavailability of ICU beds, among others.

The governor has, after more than an hour of interaction with the private hospitals, asked them to form a committee to suggest a concrete plan to improve the healthcare infrastructure and protocols in Telangana to effectively handle the Covid-19 pandemic. She has appealed to them to strengthen the infrastructure with increased oxygen beds and ventilators to address the possible rise in Covid-19 positive cases.

Tamilisai Soundararajan, who is also a medical doctor, asked the private hospitals to suggest measures towards comprehensive information on beds availability, counselling the patients on treatment charges before admission, subsidising the antiviral medicines, insurance cover, among others.

The meeting of the governor with the private hospitals comes days after she aired discontent over the management of Covid-19 pandemic by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government headed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Her meeting assumes significance amid the TRS government’s standoff with the private hospitals and ordering closure of over a dozen private labs into Covid-19 tests.

Days after the Centre raised red flags over ‘high positivity-low tests’ scenario in Telangana and censures by the Hyderabad High Court on low tests, the TRS government held the private labs responsible for the high positivity rate. The Rao government accused the private labs of contaminating the samples and for the disparity in numbers, and found problems with the testing protocols, human resources, infrastructure, and infection control measures at some private labs.


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