Platelet-counting machines in major Hyderabad hospitals

Platelet-counting machines in major Hyderabad hospitals
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Platelet-Counting Machines in Major Hospitals. The State government has embarked on a massive mission of setting up blood platelet-counting machines in all major government hospitals, Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Dr Thatikonda Rajaiah announced here on Tuesday.

Warangal: The State government has embarked on a massive mission of setting up blood platelet-counting machines in all major government hospitals, Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Dr Thatikonda Rajaiah announced here on Tuesday.

It planned to provide the machines in 25 hospitals across Telangana to deal with viral fevers. An amount of Rs 7.5 crore was released by the government. Speaking to the media, Dr. Rajaiah claimed that no dengue deaths were reported so far in the State. However, 394 fever cases were reported across the state.

“The government machinery is alert to tackle cases of viral fevers. Measures are being taken to prevent deaths,” he asserted. Dr. Rajaiah alleged that some private practitioners had been terrifying patients by depicting every fever as dengue to extract money.

“The government is taking this seriously. Falling platelet count could not be considered as dengue fever,” he said. A vigilance committee has been formed in each district to raid hospitals and diagnostic centres which were ‘misleading’ patients. He warned of taking serious action against erring doctors and diagnostic centres for ’exploiting’ innocent people. Hospitals would be sealed if they failed to report dengue deaths.

Dr. Rajaiah said he would tour Adilabad and Nizamabad districts where people were down with fevers following recent heavy rain caused by cyclone “On October 29, I will tour these districts and will take stock of the situation.”

He said the government sanctioned Rs 23 crore for improving the children’s ward at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital, here. Expansion works at Kakatiya Medical College and TB Hospital would soon be taken up.

The Health Minister stated that a corpus fund of Rs 113 crore was available for the development of hospitals. Work proposals had been invited from the heads of departments. Infrastructure at medical colleges would be improved in accordance with the increased number of medical seats.

Referring to the junior doctors’ strike, he said they should join duty unconditionally. The government was planning to regularise services of all doctors.

Medical and Health Director Dr. P Sambasiva Rao, Regional Director Nageswara Rao, Collector G Kishan, DRO Surendra Karan were present.

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