Stop daily press briefings, focus on COVID-19 prevention: Kerala BJP chief to Pinarayi  

"The delay in testing is the main cause of community transmission. The cost of a test in a private lab is unaffordable for the common man," Surendran said.

Published: 29th July 2020 02:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2020 02:30 PM   |  A+A-

BJP president K Surendran

Kerala BJP president K Surendran. (File photo| Vincent Pulickal, EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANATHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should stop his daily press briefings and instead focus on COVID-19 prevention, BJP state president K Surendran has demanded. The BJP leader said the delay in conducting COVID tests was the reason for community transmission in the state.
"While issuing medical bulletins on the COVID situation every morning and evening would be more than sufficient, the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Chief Secretary are wasting one hour on the press briefing. This cannot be accepted," Surendran said. The BJP president asked Pinarayi to emulate the model followed by Chief Ministers of other states.  
Surendran said the results of RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 were delayed for many days in the state. The Medical Council of India had written to the Centre urging that RT-PCR testing facilities should be started in all government and private medical colleges. However, there is no such facility in the medical colleges of the state, he alleged.
"The delay in testing is the main cause of community transmission. The cost of a test in a private lab is unaffordable for the common man," Surendran said. He demanded that cost of testing in private labs should be included in the Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme or the state government should set up its own testing facilities.
"In the wake of the rise in COVID-19 cases, the state government should promote the use of Arogya Setu app," Surendran added.    


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  • anthony

    Surender ji we the people of Kerala are proud of our Beloved CM for briefing us daily about the general Covid situation in Kerala. It will be nice if you could check on the mess of the Covid handling in BJP ruled states before giving your unsolicited advice for Kerala. You could start your case study with Karnataka.
    3 months ago reply
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