Directing officials to levy as much as five times the overcharged amount as fine, he informed that pricing of treatment and medicines were capped by the government under ‘Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Aarogya Scheme’.
Speaking to the media at city airport, the minister pulled up collector and municipal commissioner for not using their powers to act against erring hospitals. “They must regularly visit hospitals to check malpractices. Both are empowered for taking such actions. If they’re not using their powers, government will compel them to do so,” he said.
Accompanied by medical education minister Amit Deshmukh, Tope is visiting Nagpur, Chandrapur, Amravati and Bhandara to review the pandemic situation. On Thursday, he visited Bhandara and Gondia. On Friday, he will review Nagpur situation and then proceed to Amravati.
Flanked by home minister Anil Deshmukh, NCP MP Praful Patel and others, Tope expressed concern over alarming increase in Covid-19 cases in Vidarbha. “There’s need to take measures to control its spread. During video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers on Wednesday, stress was given on contact tracing and testing. We need to increase RT-PCR test in the state,” he said.
He said the patients should be convinced to go for home quarantine and there was no need for everyone to get admitted. “We will be reviewing the situation in these districts regarding resources, medicines, injections, beds, oxygen,” he said.
He said state’s average per million testing is 40,000, which should be maintained. “Districts where testing is less should work on at least maintaining the state average. At many places tracing of suspicious contacts of positive patients is not done, which needs to be looked into,” he said.
Rejecting opposition’s charge of Vidarbha being neglected, the minister said government was taking weekly review of Nagpur and other places. “Both CM and I regularly interact with collectors, commissioners and police chiefs for their feedback of the situation in Vidarbha,” he said.
RT-PCR lab in Bhandara ayed
Tope granted green signal for setting up an RT-PCR laboratory for testing Covid-19 samples and directed authorities to start its operations within a week.
Calling on authorities to make ventilators and oxygenated beds available for the patients, he told them to increase contact tracing and testing aggressively. “Since swab samples of suspected patients would be tested in the district, they would get quick medication and treatment,” he said.
The minister directed Bhandara collector to immediately fill up posts required for operating RT-PCR machine and send staff to Nagpur for training. He also granted temporary powers to collector to appoint wardboys, nurses and doctors in the government run hospitals for treating patients.
Assuring there will be no shortage of Remdesivir medicine, he said it would be made available free to poor patients. He also directed collector to take action against those involved in black-marketing of this life saving drug. Earlier, Tope inaugurated a Tru-Nat testing machine at the civil hospital.