Hours after Doctors For Seva, a collective of private doctors based in Hyderabad raised doubts over the number of testing done, Telangana health authorities ended up in a fix on Saturday. Amidst a roll of accusations that the state government has been deliberately decreasing the number of testings, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare zeroed in on the testing rate in the state.
In a video conference with the state health minister Etala Rajendra, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare reportedly expressed discontent over the state government over the testing rate. Trusted sources revealed that the health ministry has been taking note of the concerns raised by Telangana health experts and various medial unions over the minimal number of testings done every day.
Taking to his official social media handles, Dr Harsh Vardhan shared a video clip from the video conference adding that-“I expressed concern over the less number of Coronavirus tests being done in the state,” which was acknowledged by Etala as well. It was learnt that Etala stated the lack of test kits as one of the reasons behind not ramping up the testing rate while the union minister reportedly assured to send the required number of test kits on priority base.
This came close on the heels of a petition was filed with the five-member inter-ministerial central team over the accuracy and transparency in handling the pandemic and the junior doctors association calling for a boycott over the crunch in PPEs at the COVID-19 hospitals in the city.