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Harish Rao says there’s no need to be alarmed over Covid

Health minister T. Harish Rao said on Friday that there was no need for alarm over Covid-19 cases in Telangana but that everyone should be cautious and take precautions if they develop cold or fever symptoms. Harish Rao also urged everyone who has yet to receive the Covid vaccine booster precaution dose to do so.

In the afternoon, he chaired an online meeting with top state health department officials, during which he directed them to ensure the availability of Covid vaccines at every primary health centre, as well as every urban primary health centre.

Harish Rao, who is currently in Delhi, was speaking with Principal Secretary Health S.A.M. Rizvi, who received a letter from the Union Health Ministry on Thursday cautioning Telangana on the rising Covid-19 cases.

Commissioner of Family Welfare Sweta Mohanty, Director of Public Health Dr G. Srinivasa Rao, Director of Medical Education Dr K. Ramesh Reddy, Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Dr M. Raja Rao, and other senior health department officials were also present at the meeting.

Harish Rao said the health department should be on high alert as Covid cases increase, as has been reported in other states. “There is no need for any alarm but people should be alert. If anyone develops a cough, cold, pain the throat or fever or other Covid like symptoms, they should go to the nearest government healthcare facility and get themselves tested and get medical advice on treatment,” he said.

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He stated that Telangana was at the forefront of Covid-19 vaccination efforts, with the state administering 7.75 crore doses so far. The state had received 1.35 crore precaution doses in total, with another 1.62 crore precaution doses were yet to be received from the Central government.

He directed officials to write to the Centre requesting adequate doses of the vaccines and ensuring that they are given to every eligible person in the state.







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