Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy reviewed the COVID-19 situation at a meeting here on Thursday and discussed urgent issues such as lack of doctors, paramedical staff, sanitation in public places and the willingness of private hospitals to take patients to the Aarogyasri program treat prescribed rates and set up COVID care centers in distant locations.
At the meeting in the DRC hall of Zilla Parishad here, the minister also discussed the underuse of sodium hypochlorite within the confines of the Anantapur Municipal Corporation due to pending charges to suppliers from last year and outstanding invoices from transportation companies for which vehicles were arranged Moving patients, materials and staff at the forefront.
Mr Rajendranath Reddy told the media after the meeting that there was no shortage of funds and that Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had given a green signal to spend the amount needed to treat and contain the virus. The media were excluded from the meeting.
“As a member of the ministerial group formed on COVID-19, the meeting was a feedback for me to get the information from the ground and to make the course correction if necessary,” said the finance minister.
He listed all the demands of the people’s representatives. Anantapur Mayor Wasim Saleem highlighted the problem of the shortage of doctors and nurses at the Super Specialty Hospital, which treats 300 COVID-19 patients.
Gorupla Madhav MP from Hindupur and Mell Yellareddigari Venkatarami Reddy from Guntakal were looking for a COVID care center in Guntakal and stationed ambulances for emergencies, while MLC Pamidi Shamanthakamani raised some issues related to practical issues with testing and scanning prices.
Puttaparthi MLA Duddukunta Sreedhar Reddy emphasized the need for the city administration to redevelop public spaces, while many of the MLAs attended the meeting via video links.
Collector Gandham Chandrudu and Joint Collector Development A. Siri presented the latest status report on COVID19-related activities. Police superintendent B. Satya Yesu Babu explained the awareness campaign about the need to wear masks and use disinfectants.