Agriculture Secretary and District Secretary K. Kannababu said there are 113 black fungus cases in the district, 82 of which are being treated at King George Hospital (KGH).
“To keep track of future needs, we have notified nine hospitals for black fungus treatment,” said Mr. Kannababu.
The Minister read the list of registered hospitals. “KGH and Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) will each have 200 beds, while ENT Hospital, Apollo, Pradhama, Gayatri and GITAM will each have 100 beds. Pinnacle and Care Hospitals will each have 50 beds, ”he said.
Briefed reporters on the COVID-19 situation in the district after a review meeting, Mr Kannababu said that although cases are gradually decreasing, people must follow all safety protocols to break the chain of transmission.
The positivity rate is around 13%, he said, adding that bed occupancy is also gradually decreasing, including demand for ventilators. Of the 570 ventilation beds in the district, 465 are currently occupied, he said.
Kannababu said several hospital administrations have urged the government to deregister their hospitals in light of the decline in cases. Before that, however, Collector V. Vinay Chand will assess the situation, he said. “Many people from the surrounding districts are dependent on hospitals in Vizag for treatment. The collector will examine the demand and availability of hospital beds and a decision will be made, ”he told reporters.
The minister also said hospitals have been fined 57 lakh for alleged irregularities in handling COVID cases. He also said that 30 cases have been booked against these hospitals and notices have been delivered to eight hospitals for improper implementation by Aarogya Sri.
The minister said the vaccination campaign was going smoothly in 27 centers in the city. “We heard that people were complaining about the waiting time at the vaccination centers. To solve the problem, we decided to introduce a timeslot method soon. The beneficiaries are given a window of time to arrive and take the jab, ”he said.
Officials also discussed the status of ongoing projects under the GVMC and VMRDA during the meeting.
Mr. Kannababu said several GVMC projects are being delayed due to delays in environmental releases. YSRCP MP V. Vijayasai Reddy has given assurances that he will speak to officials in Delhi about such issues, he said.
“In addition, discussions were held about the progress of the drinking water supply projects for Anakapalle, Aganampudi and Kommadi. These projects will be ready by April 2022, ”said the minister.
The minister also said it had been decided to build three more Rythu bazaars in the district. Sites were completed for two, he said.
Station development plan
Mr. Vijaya Sai Reddy said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had given instructions to the Collector and Municipal Commissioner to prepare a district development plan for the city.
Parks and bodies of water are being developed in each district, he said, adding that Mudasarlova Park is being developed into a world-class park. He announced that the government would grant the project a special grant of 100 billion yen.