Covid has not declined, possibility of third wave, says state health secretary

K M Dayashankar

KARIMNAGAR: The Covid cases have not come down and there is every possibility of a third wave in the Telangana state, said state health secretary Syed Ali Murtaza Rizvi and instructed the authorities manning the PHCs to conduct daily 300 Covid tests.

In a sudden development, the state health department officials have arrived in a helicopter to Huzurabad town and conducted a review meeting on the Covid pandemic and seasonal diseases of the Karimnagar district in the Area hospital on Monday. On this occasion, Mr Rizvi instructed the district authorities to conduct to door-to-door fever testing survey in all the villages and distribute the Covid treatment kits to the suspected cases and monitor their health conditions for about five days.

Informing the authorities to shift the positive cases to the isolation centres, he directed them to identify at least 25 primary contacts of the positive cases and conduct tests. Stating that the Covid cases were not declining in the Huzurabad division, he informed the officials to intensify the special drive to check the spread of the virus.

Stating that there was every possibility of a third wave in the state, he instructed the medical fraternity to gear up to meet any eventuality by equipping the hospitals with all facilities for the treatment of patients. As there was a chance of children being affected from the third wave, he directed the officials to equip the hospitals with adequate ICU beds, oxygen cylinders, medicines etc.

He also informed the officials to launch a special drive against the spread of seasonal diseases. Collector K Shashanka, Health director Srinivasa Rao, Medical education director Ramesh Reddy, CMO OSD Gangadhar, Karimnagar Municipal Commissioner Valluru Kranthi, additional Collector Girima Agarwal, DM&HO Dr Juveria, hospital superintendent Ratnamala and others were also present.



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