Congress blames TRS Govt for attacks on doctors

• Police foil Congress leaders bid to visit Gandhi Hospital

• Lack of facilities in hospitals prompting people to violence: Gudur

• Narayana Reddy asks TS Govt to improve health infrastructure

Hyderabad, June 10: :Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy has strongly condemned the attack on doctors and other medical staff allegedly by the relatives of a patient who died of Covid-19 and held TRS Government responsible for the same.

Narayana Reddy, along with former MP Konda Visweshwar Reddy and TPCC General Secretary Bollu Kishan, tried to visit the Gandhi Hospital on Wednesday to meet the doctors who are holding protest since Tuesday night and express solidarity. However, they were prevented from entering the Gandhi Hospital by the police.

Speaking to media persons, Gudur Narayana Reddy strongly condemned Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for the developments in Gandhi Hospital. “The doctors have been complaining of huge work pressure due to influx of Covid-19 patients or suspects from all across Telangana State. The number of patients admitted in the Gandhi Hospital is so high that the existing staff and already poor infrastructure is proving to be insufficient. Consequently, the patients and their attendants are complaining of negligence and they are only blaming the doctors and medical staff for deaths,” he said.

Narayana Reddy said that the assault on doctors were in fact attack on State Government which failed to provide required facilities to the patients. He pointed out that a doctor was attacked by angry attendants of a patient only a day after CM KCR claimed that there was no influx of Covid-19 patients in Gandhi Hospital and only 247 patients were admitted as against its capacity of 2,000 beds and there was no pressure on the doctors. He said there was a huge contradiction in the claims being made by the Chief Minister and the ground reality. He also alleged that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of WHO, ICMR or the Union Health Ministry were not being followed by State Government in dealing with Covid-19 cases.

The Congress leader said that the despite the direction of High Court and huge criticism from all circles, State Government was not conducting Covid-19 tests in required quantity. He said that the State Government was neither utilising its testing facilities by 100%, nor it is allowing the ICMR approved private labs to conduct Covid-19 tests. He said that the State Government was conducting only 150-200 tests daily. “There has been a huge rise in number of Covid-19 positive cases ever since the relaxations were given in the lockdown. Experts have already expressed fears that the number of positive cases will multiply in coming weeks. CM KCR have miserably failed to trace, test or treat the Coronavirus patients,” he said.

Narayana Reddy alleged that the KCR Government was not responding to the situation in an appropriate manner. He said that the government should’ve created huge health infrastructure to deal with the worst possible scenario. However, he said KCR has been trying to hush up the real statistics since beginning while expecting appreciation for his fake achievements. “For CM KCR and other TRS leaders, Covid-19 cases can be just numbers. But for those losing their loved ones due to Covid-19, it is a loss of entire world. The State Government should not merely look at arithmetic and it should exhibit some sympathy towards the families,” he said.

He also condemned the behaviour of police in stopping the Congress leaders from visiting the Gandhi Hospital to meet the agitating doctors. He alleged that some police officials were acting as tools into the hands of KCR Government. Further, he accused the Chief Minister of misusing the police force to suppress the voice of opposition parties so as to cover up his misdeeds.

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