Rachakonda: As the army is fighting the enemy at the border, Police is fighting the virus in the country, said Dr. G.Srinivas Rao Director of Public Health, Government of Telangana at the inauguration of Cheyuta, COVID isolation center for frontline warriors. Dr. Srinivas said that he has been seeing the human side of Police during the first phase of COVID debunking the old perception. He said that being part of the Health Department it befalls on them to deal with any health emergency or pandemic, but this is the first time he saw the Police emerging as a frontline warrior and working in all possible ways and by all difficult means to contain the spread of the virus and save the public. He said that the strict implementation of the Lockdown has helped in declining numbers of infected persons and that the Police are working 24/7 without food and even water in the scorching heat of May for making the lockdown a success as desired by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana and he appreciated the three Commissioners of Police in Hyderabad for making the city safe for the people. He further stated that there is a steep decline in the positive cases in the State of Telangana.
He especially appreciated CP Rachakonda Mr. Mahesh M. Bhagwat IPS for his initiatives in serving not only his own staff but also the public during the pandemic. Dr. Srinivas has handed over 2 oxygen concentrators (10 L) to CP Rachakonda for use in the COVID isolation center. Earlier during the tour of the facility, he appreciated that the center is well as per the guidelines and in fact with 5 oxygen beds and a well-equipped ambulance, is more like a hospital facility.
CP Rachakonda Mr. Mahesh M. Bhagwat IPS in his address stated that in Rachakonda Commissionerate many police personnel has tested positive and recovered from COVID due to the close monitoring of their health condition. However, he said, he observed that the personnel have no provision at home to isolate themselves be it lack of enough rooms or washrooms or presence of elderly parents or kids whom they fear they would infect if they are at home but have no choice. CP Rachakonda stated that this isolation center will be of help to such officers who can come to this 30-bed isolation center which also has 5 oxygen beds. He further touched upon the various activities Rachakonda Police is doing for the public like the psycho-social counseling services to address the mental health issues, the Oxygen on Wheels service by Mahindra Logistics which provides free transport facility to government hospitals who can refill their oxygen cylinders using the service, providing meals to lorry drivers on highways with the help of Haryana Nagrik Sangh and Sikh Sangh, adoption of old age homes and orphanages.
He thanked the KEATS members who sponsored the setting up of the Isolation Center, Rajha Convention center for providing the space, Tulasi Hospital for agreeing to provide emergency medical services to the isolation center patients.
Mr. Sudheer Babu IPS Addl CP Rachakonda has wished that the isolation center helps in breaking the chain of COVID- 19 and that the officers always have a fear of carrying the infection home and this facility will definitely help them to isolate so that they do not spread it to their family members. He urged the personnel to use the facility judiciously so that the needy person can utilize the same.
DCP Malkajgiri Ms. Rakshita Murthy IPS explained the facilities available in the center and the admission criteria for the center. She stated that the center has 2 in-house doctors, round a clock nursing facility and that the center is professionally maintained and the inmates are given a healthy and balanced diet.
DMHO Medchal Malkajgiri district Mr. Mallkarjun hoped that the isolation center really helps in breaking the chain of COVID-19 especially in the case of police personnel who are more exposed to the virus owing to the nature of their duties. He thanked CP Rachakonda for providing the Oxygen on wheels Service and that their Malkjgiri and Ghatkesar Government Hospitals are utilizing the service.
The Chief Guest Mr. G.Srinivas, CP Rachakonda, Addl CP Rachakonda released the brochures of the center and also felicitated Mr. D.V.Giridhar, Chairman, KEATS, Mr. Y.S Subrahmanyam, Managing trustee KEATS, Mr. Anil Kaza, Mr. Sai, owners of the Rajha Convention Center, Mr. Srinivas Reddy MD Tulasi Hospitals, Dr. Sai Anirudh, Dr. Varun Raj who will be in the center 24/7, the nursing staff and other staff of the isolation center.
DCP Admin Ms. Shilpavalli, Addl DCPS Mr. Shameer, Mr. Shivkumar, Mr. Lakshmi Narayana, Mr. Giriraj, RIs Mr. Ramarao, Mr. Ravinder have participated in the event. CP Rachakonda appreciated the team Keats, Rajha Convention Center, and the Police officers who worked in coordination and helped set up the Isolation Center.
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