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COVID-19 fight: Telangana to hire 50k docs temporarily

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed authorities concerned to recruit over 50,000 doctors on a temporary basis to help fight COVID-19 in the
state.

According to an official release, nurses, lab technicians, and other
paramedical staff will also be hired to handle the current surge in
infections.

Those who have completed MBBS would be appointed temporarily. They would
be paid well and suitably recognised for extending their valuable
services to the state, Rao was quoted as saying.

“The CM urged the young doctors to come forward to serve
people facing difficult times.. The CM also appealed to the qualified
nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, and paramedics to come forward and
offer their services,” it said.

Rao gave the direction to hire the doctors at a high- level review
meeting held here on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state.

During the meeting, officials said there are 7,393 beds in government
hositals and 2,470 oxygen and 600 ventilators beds available in the state.

The CM also spoke to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and briefed him
on the measures taken by his government to curb the spread of virus.

Rao suggested that priority be given to cab and auto drivers, bus
conductors and those delivering LPG gas cylinders, under the ongoing
vaccination drive.

The Union Minister then assured the CM that he would look into his
suggestions, the release added.

Later, Modi called the CM over phone and thanked him for the suggestions.

“Your (KCR’s)suggestions are good and we will implement them. I thank
you for the good suggestions,” the release quoted Modi as saying.

The CM had urged the Centre to supply more oxygen and Remdesivir
injections to the state, to which Modi responded positively, it added.

According to a separate release, Rao announced that 5 kgs rice would be
distributed free for all the white ration card holders in the state.

The CM also announced that 80,000 additional private school teachers in
the state would receive Rs 2000 financial aid and 25 kgs of rice per
month till schools reopen.

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