Andhra CM Jagan asks health officials to write to Union govt for COVID-19 vaccine

Andhra Pradesh had received 6.4 lakh vaccine doses earlier this week, and most of them have already been administered.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday instructed officials to write to the Union government in event of any shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, and that he will also chip in with a letter, if needed. Lauding state health officials for administering a record 6.28 lakh vaccine doses on Wednesday, he asked them to continue the same vigour in the coming days. After the vaccine stock in the state was depleted, Andhra Pradesh received 6.40 lakh doses of vaccine doses in two batches —  4.40 lakh vaccine doses on Monday and another 2 lakh doses of vaccines on Tuesday. The Chief Minister said 6 lakh vaccine doses should be administered every day for some more days to complete the stipulated vaccination targets.

CM Jagan also instructed officials to give wide publicity to 104 services, including ensuring hospital beds and treatment, as well as for any coronavirus-related queries. People calling 104 to request a coronavirus test should be directed to their respective primary health centre, sub centre or village clinic, he said. "Ambulance services should be provided and the treatment should be expedited with the help of ASHA workers... Health of the people in home isolation should be followed up," he said.

Jagan directed officials to allot the 1902 number to receive grievances. The Chief Minister also told officials not to compromise on tests, treatment, medicines, sanitation and quality of food in hospitals to ensure that patients do not suffer. Officials are also asked to fix the cost of treatment in private hospitals and ensure that they do not overcharge patients.

"Fee and charges for treatment should be displayed at hospitals and the details on whom to complain if the hospitals charge more should be displayed in the hospitals... the cost of medicines, tablets and injections should also be displayed," he said, calling for strict action against profiteering hospitals. Stressing that there should be no scarcity of coronavirus beds, he told officials to maintain records of availability of beds in Arogyasri empanelled hospitals and private hospitals.

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