In a shock to the KCR-led state government which claimed to be the top state that effectively handled the COVID situation, NITI Aayog’s performance assessment report released on Thursday expressed discontentment over the medical facilities in the government hospitals.
The report titled Best Practices in the Performance of District Hospitals which is an outcome of collaboration with the Health Ministry and WHO India stated that the hospitals in Telangana didn’t have enough medical staff and sufficient hospital beds to cater to the requirement of patients in perilous conditions like COVID.
The report stated that the situation in Telangana is deteriorating as there are only 10 hospital beds available for every one lakh population while the Indian public health standards recommended setting up at least 22 beds per lakh people. The report ranked Telangana third among the states with the lowest number of beds in hospitals followed by Jharkhand and Bihar that ranked first and second respectively.
Overall, 75 District Hospitals across 24 States and Union Territories emerged as top performers on indicators ranging from availability of beds, medical and paramedical staff, core health and diagnostic testing services.