KCR urges PM to rescue State

  • Rattled by Swine flu deaths, talks to Delhi
  • Summons private hospital owners
  • They say it was unduly sensationalized
  • CM feels the officers should have woken up earlier

Hyderabad, January 21: Shaken by the increasing number of swine flu cases in the State, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday swung into action and initiated steps on war-footing to curb the dreaded viral fever. Without losing a minute, the Chief Minister called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the alarming situation and sought the Centre’s help in tackling the calamity.

According to the Chief Minister’s Office, KCR spoke to Modi over phone and requested him to rush Central teams to help the State Health authorities. The Prime Minister reportedly responded positively to the request. He also spoke to Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and sought immediate help to contain the spread of the virus. He also had a word with Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatreya and urged them to coordinate with the Union government to help the State in the hour of crisis. With five deaths and some 50 new cases reported Tuesday, the Chief Minister called an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday evening to discuss the emergency measures to be taken.

Telangana Health Secretary Suresh Chanda has also left for New Delhi to brief the officials of Union Health Ministry and seek help. KCR felt that the Health authorities remained negligent despite the increasing number of cases. Declaring an all-out war on swine flu, the Chief Minister reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and the officials of the Health department and sought a detailed report. He also called a meeting with private hospitals to discuss measures to be taken by them to deal with the alarming situation.

“Initially I thought that this will pass but it has not. The number of cases is going up. We have to be brave to deal with this,” KCR said, while addressing a meeting on Wednesday morning to pay tributes to late Congress leader G. Venkataswamy. As the cold weather conditions are likely to continue for 20 more days, KCR said there was a need for the authorities to remain on alert to check the spread of H1N1 virus and create public awareness on the preventive measures. He said the government was ready to spend any amount of money to make the vaccines available.

KCR took a serious view of the situation after five more swine flu deaths were reported on Tuesday at Gandhi and Osmania Hospitals taking the toll to 21. The Chief Minister felt the Health officials should have woken up earlier to ward off the crisis.

As part of the measures to combat spread of swine flu, the Chief Minister constituted a supervisory committee with Health secretary & DME and IPM director. He directed the officials concerned to ensure availability of anti-swine flu medicines in all the district and regional hospitals in the State. He has instructed the Chief Secretary to review the situation with Health officials of all the districts every day. He also directed his ministers and party legislators to tour their constituencies and review the situation regularly. He wanted swine flu detection centers in every district. Special officers were appointed in the five zones of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits. Besides, the government is also contemplating to conduct awareness programs in all the schools on swine flu disease and declare holidays for the primary schools.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister T. Rajaiah admitted lapse in creating awareness among the masses about the ill-effects of the Swine Flu. Stating that 12,000 dozes of swine flu eradication medicine was available with the government, he said another 50,000 dozes of the medicine will be reaching the State by Wednesday evening.

Swine flu is curable, not lethal: Corporate Docs

A team of doctors of Corporate Hospitals in the twin cities, who called on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Secretariat on Wednesday, appealed to the people not to get panicked on swine flu problem.

Talking to mediapersons later, the doctors tried to allay fears saying that swine flu is just a common problem that occurs during winter and will swiftly fade away on the change of the season. “This is not at all a lethal or fatal flu and comes down on using medicines and will not harm a person”, they asserted. However, they warned of danger if children, old aged and heart patients get affected with swine flu. They said they discussed with the Chief Minister on the issue and extended cooperation to contain the spread of fever.

The people can overcome the problem by using medicines on time, they said. Keeping its spread in view, the people should take all measures to prevent the same from being attacked, they alerted. “As per Chief Minister’s appeal, we will take all measures to offer immediate treatment to address the problem”, they said.

They also said though lakhs of people get affected with swine flu all over the country, the problem could be tackled immediately on using medicines, they aded. “We the corporate hospitals have modern and latest equipment to check the problem. However, everyone visits a hospital do not require treatment”, they observed. (NSS)

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