While the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh is still struggling with the increasing positive cases, Telangana which once reported the highest cases now claimed to register less than 10 cases daily. Though this has come as good news for the citizen hinting them that the situations in the state are under control, health experts and political analysts came up with a few speculations which turned debatable from the past few days.
In a recent revelation, doctors’ body alleged that his government may have underreported COVID-19 cases in the state. Accusing that the state government has been deliberately decreasing the number of testings, Doctors For Seva, a collective of private doctors based in Hyderabad raised doubts over the official data being released by the health authorities.
While a five-member inter-ministerial central team visited Telangana for eight days to assess the ground situation on the spread of the virus, a petition was filed with them over the accuracy and transparency in handling the pandemic. Reportedly, the petition was signed by more than a dozen reputed medical practitioners. This move came days after the junior doctors association called for a boycott over the crunch in PPEs at the COVID-19 hospitals in the city.
As the Andhra Pradesh government already collaborated with private hospitals as a part of mitigation measures, health experts have persistently been suggesting Telangana with private healthcare sector which provides nearly 82% of inpatient beds.
Lack of test kits was also stated to be one of the reasons behind not ramping up the testing rate. Not the other hand, the CM is been busy in coining exit plan for the lockdown. Apart from the allegation of low testing, complaints galore that conditions in isolation facilities are deplorable.