Coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh crossed 2,00,000, and deaths due to Covid-19 cross 2,000. The government claims an increase in testing was the reason for the increasing COVID-19 cases in the State. Accordingly, the government of Andhra Pradesh has done 23.62 lakhs tests till 9th August but here comes the catch.
Even though the government’s claims on the testing seem to be in the right place, the real concern is about the quality of the treatment available in the State. Videos of the negligence during the treatment of patients suffering from the COVID-19 are often doing viral rounds in social media. Lack of services like oxygen cylinders and ventilators in the COVID care centres, quality of the food provided to the patients, etc. are a few concerns, to begin with.
The Chief Minister had made repeated promises and claims of better treatment for COVID19 though government healthcare system. But the Jagan Mohan Reddy’s ministers and legislators are sending mixed signals to the people of the State. In the last couple of months, quite a few ruling party legislators have contracted COVID19. Unlike the Chief Minister’s claims, most of his subordinates have turned to treatment in private health care hospitals. Few of them chose to rely on the medical facilities outside of the State. The list includes his second in command Vijay Sai Reddy and some of his ministers too.
here is a quick glance at the details:
- Vijay Sai Reddy (MP, Rajya Sabha member)- Admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad
- Amzath Basha (Deputy CM and Minority Welfare Minister) – Admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad
- Balineni Srinivas Reddy (Minister of Energy, forest & environment, Science and Technology) – Admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad.
- Ambati Rambabu (YSRCP Spokesperson, MLA from Sattenapalle) – Admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad.
- Shilpa Chakrapani Reddy (Deputy CM and MLA from Srisailam) – Admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad.
- Kaliveeti Sanjeeviah (MLA from Sullurpeta) – Admitted to a private hospital in Chennai
- Gangula Brijendra Reddy (MLA from Allagadda) – Admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad
- Gangula Prakash Reddy (MLC) – Admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad.
The list would run into exhaustive length when one looks at the preference of health care options of these politicians for their families. For instance, the wife and son-in-law of Deputy CM Narayanaswamy were admitted to a private hospital in Chennai. The ruling party MLA from Anantapur complained openly about the negligence of the doctors in Anantapur and quality of the food provided in COVID centres to the health minister Alla Nani, during the health minister’s visit to Anantapur, clears the air about the situation. With the Sunday’s fire accident in a COVID care centre associated with a private hospital in Vijaywada, the fears of the people about the facilities in COVID care centres show the reality of the situation.
The Jagan Mohan Reddy administration’s love for people seems to be only a lip service when his party leaders have discarded the government facilities as an option for COVID19 treatment. In the times of the pandemic when the public represents need to set an example by leading from the front, the YSRCP legislators are acting otherwise deriding people’s trust in public health care systems.