IN A uncommon outburst from a authorities official, Telangana’s Director of Public Well being G Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday censured political leaders of all hues for violating Covid-19 protocols and placing the lives of the folks at risk, and negating good points made by the state’s well being officers in containing the unfold of the pandemic.
Rao, who is usually praised for his dealing with of the pandemic in Telangana, stated whereas political leaders assume they’re doing their job in a democracy, they’re additionally placing lives of their celebration employees, supporters, and basic public in danger by not adhering to the Covid guidelines and restrictions.
“Elections within the state are nonetheless two-and-half years away however leaders of all political events are behaving as if elections are due shortly. They’re holding rallies, celebration employees’ conferences and public capabilities, and opposition events are holding dharnas and protests with none care. It’s an invite to the third wave of Covid-19,” Rao informed reporters.
“Not one of the political leaders put on masks whereas addressing celebration employees or talking in public or holding rallies. There is no such thing as a query of social distancing at these political programmes. Political leaders ought to take into account the well being of individuals round them. There are indicators that Covid-19 circumstances are slowly rising once more and political leaders ought to maintain that in thoughts,” he stated. “Once they and their followers don’t put on masks and preserve social distancing, they’re enjoying with the well being of others.”
“After the primary and second waves of Covid-19, the docs, well being employees, all these within the healthcare system, and police and authorities officers who’re working around the clock are drained now. The system is exhausted. They want relaxation to recoup. If political leaders proceed to behave so irresponsibly, all of the good points we made in controlling the unfold of virus could be misplaced,” Rao stated.
Whereas Congress has been holding rallies and dharnas in opposition to gasoline value rise, the BJP has been holding public conferences in opposition to the TRS authorities, accusing it of corruption amongst different points. In Huzurabad meeting constituency, the place a bypoll is due, native TRS leaders have been holding conferences and public rallies.
Rao stated the state’s aggressive technique to manage Covid-19 within the second wave has been profitable until now as in comparison with neighbouring states reminiscent of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. The state has lower than 1,000 new circumstances day by day at current.
“Telangana has the bottom positivity price in comparison with neighbouring states, and that is the time when we’ve got management over the unfold of virus… However I and well being division officers and discipline workers are horrified to see how individuals are going about as if there isn’t a Covid-19 virus round them,” he stated.
Whereas BJP leaders declined to remark, AICC spokesperson Dasoju Sravan stated the state well being division officers ought to have warned the ruling TRS leaders after they campaigned with none care in Nagarjuna Sagar meeting constituency forward of the April bypoll.
“So many political leaders campaigned there that 1000’s of individuals in that constituency acquired contaminated…The well being director or authorities didn’t say something then,” he stated. He denied that the state Congress was organising any public assembly or rally in large numbers.
Chatting with The Indian Express, Rao stated adhering to Covid protocols was important. “We well being employees perceive that marriage capabilities, pageant celebrations, spiritual gatherings and so forth are vital to our communities however despite realizing about Covid-19, they don’t put on masks, don’t preserve social distance, and collect in teams, which is detrimental,” he stated. “For the reason that pandemic began, we’ve got fought in opposition to it but when folks don’t proceed to take precautions, we’ll lose the struggle.”
On the vaccinations, Rao stated, “Vaccine hesitation is excessive in Telangana however nonetheless we acquired almost 1.5 crore inhabitants the primary dose. We’re getting one other 4.5 lakh doses Tuesday night and we’ll go to work once more.”
State well being officers, together with ASHA and ANM employees, carried out 4-5 surveys of over 1.5 crore households to detect Covid signs and supply therapy. Rao stated these surveys helped to detect the contaminated early and supply therapy at house itself as an alternative of getting to go to hospitals.