Absolute priority to health, education: KCR

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Officials demanded to complete construction of multi-super-specialist hospitals and wartime medical schools

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said on Sunday that the state government has so far given priority to irrigation projects and agriculture, but has now decided to give top priority to the sectors of health and education.

Therefore, he called on the authorities to pay special attention to the completion of the construction of multi-super-specialist hospitals and wartime medical schools and to put them into operation.

Mr Rao ordered the construction of two high-rise towers on the campus of the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) to expand health services. He also ordered a special campaign to vaccinate three lakhs against COVID every day, a statement said after a KCR meeting to review the functioning of the medical and health department.

Mr Rao recalled reports that people who were alerted to symptoms of COVID and took corrective action saved their lives. But, people who neglected the symptoms lost their lives.

The meeting discussed the vaccination program for young people over 18 years old. Officials informed him that there are 2.80 crore of eligible youth in the state of which 1.42 crore were already vaccinated for the first dose. Another 53 lakh of them received a second dose. This left 1.38 lakh of young people who still had not received their single dose.

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