Andhra Pradesh announces new strategy to check rise in cases
Andhra Pradesh announces new strategy to check rise in cases

The Andhra Pradesh government announced adopting a three-pronged strategy to check the spread of COVID-19 across the state. The state government on Monday declared to adopt the new strategy amid the coronavirus spike.

In a review meeting on the prevailing situation, the state government discussed and issued orders to adopt a three-pronged strategy. This strategy is to ensure better treatment, oxygen, quality food, medicine, water and sanitation facilities in COVID-19 hospitals. Also for allotment of beds to patients and check the services of 104 call centre. The review meeting was chaired by state's Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. The three-pronged strategy orders are issued to keep an eye on work from district to state level. It will ensure no private hospital charge more than the prescribed price and also monitor the medical services in the hospitals. The district collectors will divide all the hospitals treating COVID-19 patients into clusters. The orders read that there will be five to eight hospitals in each cluster and will appoint a district level officer as in charge of each cluster. The officer will have to monitor them and will also look the hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients without permission within the cluster. A flying squad at the district level to check private hospitals from overcharging. A special task force committee with senior officers at the state level. The state government has given the responsibilities of all activities of COVID-19 to a Joint Collector in the district, transferring their existing duties to others.

The Chief Minister also directed to increase the number of COVID-19 tests and ensure the results come within 24 hours of testing. He stressed the need for focused testing, creating awareness on coronavirus, CCTV cameras in hospitals and setting up of health desks etc.


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