Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagawath today urged the people of Telangana to stay safe through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking after flagging off the 10K run organised at the Uppal crossroads by the city police in association with the city's H (Hetch) Foundation to create awareness about Covid-19, he urged the people to follow all the required norms and safety guidelines to keep the virus at bay, and to prevent a resurgence in the number of cases.
"In order to stay safe through the pandemic, we must make SMS, or 'Sanitiser, Mask, Social Distancing', a part of our daily lives. While the state's administration is taking measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it is not enough to depend on the efficacy of those measures alone. Each one of us must also play our part to prevent the same. It is especially critical to do this now as some people in the state have contracted the new strains
of the coronavirus that have an escape mutation making them more dangerous than the older strain. Since the clinical significance of the newer strains is not yet known, we must prevent them from spreading," Bhagawath said.
As panic about the emergence of the new strains of Covid-19 grips the world, the TRS government has taken various steps to bolster the state's healthcare facilities in order to equip the health officials to better deal with the pandemic. It carried out a dry run for the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday so that the upcoming state-wide immunisation program can be carried out smoothly. It has also trained 10,000 medical personnel to immunise people, and has invested in improving the cold storage facility in the state in order to store the Covid-19 vaccines.
The Telangana government is likely to opt to use Bharat Biotech's Covaxin or the vaccine developed by the Serum Institute of India for the state's anti-Covid-19 immunisation drive as they are the best suited to withstand Indian climatic conditions.