Despite Telangana projecting very low number of Covid-19 cases, the state in not lacking behind in many other aspects related to the virus! The Union Health Ministry has named districts that are reporting Covid-19 mortality higher than the national and states' average and among them Hyderabad and Medchal-Malkajgiri are figuring from Telangana. Interestingly, are no districts from Andhra Pradesh despite the state recording very high number of Covid-19 positive cases on daily basis!
Why are Telangana districts are figuring in the list though it has recorded very less number of Covid- 19 cases? The Hyderabad and Medchal-Malkajgiri are among the 16 districts in four states reporting Covid-19 mortality higher than the national and their respective state average, the Centre advised them to increase tests per million population and reduce case confirmation percentage in addition to ensuring availability of ambulances with a target of zero refusal.
As part of Centre-state coordinated strategy for effective containment and management of the Covid-19 pandemic, a high level virtual meeting was chaired by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to engage with the district and state administration in order to analyse the factors driving the high Covid-19 mortality and devise ways and means to reduce it, the ministry said.
The districts were advised to ensure that the advisories, guidelines and clinical treatment protocols issued by the Health Ministry are adopted and effectively implemented to reduce the mortality among Covid-19 patients and other preventable deaths among all sections of the people, particularly those with comorbidities, pregnant women, the elderly and children.
They were also advised to analyze availability and need for projected beds and oxygen, and plan in a timely manner. It was pointed out to them that it was critical to ensure good infection prevention and control practices to control infection in the healthcare workers.
Registering a record 62,538 cases in 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally galloped past 20 lakh on Friday, while the death toll climbed to 41,585 with 886 people succumbing to the infection in 24 hours, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed.