Health Minister Etala Rajender today announced a high alert for coronavirus in Telangana.
The minister held a high-level review meeting with officials on the state's preparedness to tackle the highly contagious deadly virus. He instructed the officials to ensure the availability of pulmonologists in all the teaching hospitals. He also asked them to alert the people through video conferencing.
"Conduct immediate check-ups for coronavirus if any person/s show any symptoms whatsoever," the minister added.
Later, Rajender informed the media that the state government hospitals were fully prepared for any eventuality in this regard. He appealed to all people coming from China to immediately visit these hospitals for a check-up for the virus, which needed about 10 hours.
The doctors and staff were ready and equipped at Fever, Gandhi and Chest hospitals to test for the virus, and check-ups and services for it would commence in Gandhi Medical College on Monday, he said.
He added that no case for coronavirus had yet been reported in the state, and that the people should not worry about it.
"There is no need for panic as we are ready to tackle any emergency," he added.