Groundwater suspected to be carrying life threatening contaminants

Hyd draws more water than recharged

 Western and central parts of Telangana are increasingly exploiting groundwater compared to rest of the state. Of the total 33 districts, Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy are drawing out over 100 per cent of the groundwater annually.

This is a matter of concern as more water is being extracted than the annual recharge, say officials of the Telangana State Ground Water Department (TSGWD). Medak and Sangareddy have an exploitation rate between 80 to 90 per cent. Studies showed a decadal increase in the state's dependency on groundwater. In the year 2013, the rate of exploitation was 58 per cent. This shot up to 65.45 per cent by 2017 end.

 The irrigated landmass is rising, along with expan. sion of the industrial belt, especially in Sanga Reddy and Medak districts, the demand for water is higher," Pandith Madhnure, director, TSGWD.

He said till now, they had been measuring groundwater levels manually. But under the central National Hydrology Project (NHP), they would be getting 697 new piezometers. These would be in addition to the 1,022 instruments the department already has. Madhnure said they are working on new methods to increase data acquisition.

Not just the quantity, even the quality of water drawn from borewells is under question. According to a study carried out by Centre for Science and Environment, states like Punjab, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have districts with all the eight common groundwater contaminants — Fluoride. Nitrate, Arsenic, Iron, Salinity, Lead, Cadmium, and Chromium.

 State records 1,676 fresh Covid cases, ten deaths

 Telangana is about a week away from hitting the 50,000 mark in Covid19 cases with the state reporting around 1,500 new Coronavirus cases a day On Thursday the state registered 1,676 cases taking the total number of Covid19 cases to 41,018 at 5 pm. Ten more people were killed by Covid19 on the day taking the number of dead so far to 396.

The number of active cases as on Thursday were 13328 while the number of 'discharged/recovered' so far has reached 27,295, the daily Covid19 bulletin issued by the health department said.

Thursday was the first time that the state government indicated that not everyone being sent home has recovered from the disease but many are discharged.

THE NUMBER of active cases as on Thursday were 13,328 while the number of discharged so far has reached 27,295.

charged after not showing Covid19 symptoms for a given number of days. Only when a patient enters the very serious infection stage and manages to pull back to recovery is he or she tested for a negative RtPCR test before discharge. For others who are discharged, absence of symptoms means an assumption that the disease is harmless in them but they are let go without the final relief that comes from a negative test. The state said that so far it has conducted 2,08.666 tests of which 14,027 were conducted on Thursday No details were provided as to how many of these were the gold standard RtPCR test and how many were Rapid Antigen Tests that are not considered a foolproof Covid19 testing method.

The health department said of the total 17,081 beds it has set aside in its hospitals across the state, a whopping 15,389 were available. It also said that from the high of 495 patients in the ICU ward of Gandhi Hospital on WednesdAy, the occupancy of beds in this critical care ward on Thursday dropped steeply to 113. The GHMC area as usual had the single highest chunk of the day's cases at 788 with Thursday's tally for the rest of Telangana standing at cases.

Karimangar, repeatedly touted by health minister, Etala Rajendar, as a model with respect to Covid19 control, on Thursday recorded 92 cases, more than doubling its tally of 41 for Wednesday.

 Uttam attacks CM for floodwaters in OGH

 Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has charged that negligence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is responsible for deteriorating conditions at the Osmania General Hospital (OGH). Accompanied by senior Congress leaders, the TPCC chief visited hospital wards that got submerged in water on Thursday He had a detailed interaction with the incharge hospital superintendent, resident medical officer and patients. Speaking to mediapersons later, Uttam Kumar Reddy maintained that storm water entering wards housing inpatients reflects poor functioning of the Chief Minister and KCR must be ashamed of it. He said incharge superintendent told Congress leaders that nearly 150 doctors, including the fUlltime superintendent, have tested positive for Covic1.19. The TPCC chief pointed out that the proposal to construct a new T500crore building in the same OGH complex has been pending approval since 2017. He wanted the state government to immediately give financial approval for the new building, while ensuring that the heritage structure of hospital not only remains intact but is strengthened further.

 BJP state president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar observed that Telangana does not require a Chief Minister who is not available to the people. He was speaking to media on Thursday after visiting the Osmania General Hospital along with party MLC N. Ramchander Rao.

Bandi Sanjay asked how many lives would have to be lost for CM K. Chandrashekar Rao to respond to the crises facing the state.

He wondered why the Telangana government has not included Coronavirus treatment in Aarogyasri when the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state has already done so. He also wanted to know why Ayushman Bharat is also not being implemented in the state though it comes to the rescue of poor people. The MP criticised that KCR is the only CM in the country who has gone missing during the corona time. He demanded construction of a new hospital for providing medical care to the people.

 Health Minister Etala Rajendar on Thursday blamed heritage activists and opposition leaders for the current plight of ()mania General Hospital (OGH) as they were opposed to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao's 2015 proposal to construct a modern hospital replacing the decaying structure.

 In a statement, Rajendar said it was because of the pressure exerted by heritage groups and opposition parties, including ABM, that the then plans were put on hold. Instead they had undertaken repairs and refUrbishing works. Five years later, one can notice water flooding inside the premises and plasters getting peeled off following rains.

The Director of Medical Education and TSMSIDC chief engineer inspected the hospital and submitted a report. The flooding occurred due to blockage in the storm water drain that runs under the hospital between Sultan Bazar and Musi River. The officials said they were looking at a permanent solution to the problem.

IMA flags 'red alert' for does, med staff

 The Indian medical accoei. ation (IMA) has declared a 'red alert' for doctors and medical administrators in the country and called on them to 'raise their guard' amidst the continuing surge of Covid19 cases across the country.

'Doctors need to take charge of the situation and ensure the safety of themselves, their families, their colleagues and staff. Senior doctors who are decision makers for the institutions have enhanced responsibility of taking care of their flock,' the IMA said.

The association's national president, Dr Rajan Sharma, told Deccan Chronicle, "Trying to control the Coronavirus spread is like trying to shoot a galloping stallion. Every doctor matters. Every nurse matters. Covid19 does not spare the lives of doctors too."

As many as 99 doctors have lost their lives so far to Covid19 in the country, among whom 73 were 50 years or more, representing decades of experience in patient cam Nineteen doctors were aged between 35 and 50 years while seven were younger than 35 years, according to the national Covid19 registry created by the association. According to the IMA, so far 1.302 doctors have been infected by Covid19 and this number includes 586 practicing doctors, 566 resident doctors and 150 house surgeons across

The IMA 'red alert' said the current situation requires an 'intense review and updating of all administrative set ups in hospitals, including infection control protocols. Any gap in providing for the safety of doctors, nurses and staff has to be closed. A feedback system from the doe tors, employees and public needs to be in place:

While calling for meticulous adherence to norms and discipline inside hospitals 'where recovery is the norm, death is an exception, even for doctors,' the IMA said the 'red alert' is to increase caution among doctors when it comes to dealing with any patient.

"It should not be misunderstood as dissuading any patient from admission in hospitals," the IMA Telangana chapter honorary se cretary, Dr Sanjeev Singh Yadav, said.  Now, patients are being admitted in headquarters and medical college hospitals in the districts," he said.

Dr Yadav said the state could have done more on testing for Covid19. The containment too was shoddy 'And it is not fair to blame the poor for the spread of the disease. The rich too are to be blamed, with their parties, weddings and gatherings," he added.


 Following the initiative taken by Telangana High Court Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan, the state government has identified Kamineni Hospital, LB Nagar, Mallareddy Institute of Medical Sciences, Suraram, and Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), Gachibowli. for treatment of advocates affected by Covid19.

The government has informed that for serious cases, lawyers can get themselves treated at Kamineni, LB Nagar, and Mallareddy Institute of Medical Sciences, Suraram. For moderate cases, they can approach TIMS, Gachibowli.

Insofar as districts are concerned, District Medical Health Officers have been instructed to coordinate with District Legal Services Authorities for providing Coronavirus treatment at the nearest teaching hospitals. If necessary, serious patients may be shifted to Hyderabad for better management of treatment.

A nodal officer from the government is being assigned to coordin ate with the nodal officer to be decided by the bar council to take care of the requirements of virusaffected lawyers.

 Outsourced nurses of Gandhi hospital resume work after one week strike

 Unhappy with the manner the nursing staff leader. ship had been heading, all contract outsourcing nurses of Gandhi Hospital will resume duty on Friday

It has been a week of twists and turns right from July 10 when nurses under outsourcing contracts attached to Gandhi Hospital went on strike seeking settlement of their longpending demands. While they summarily rejected the salary hikes and other sops announced by the Health

 Minister on Sunday, 620 Class IV employees, comprising sanitation workers, security guards and those involved in patient care, on Tuesday staged a protest with similar demands. However, they called it off the very next day after accepting what the government offered. Meanwhile, the teaching faculty of the hospital, after announcing their protest from Tuesday, withdrew the proposed strike. However, the nurses continued their protest. On Wednesday some of their representatives were called for negations with Director Medical Education. The representatives agreed to the offer, including 225,000 salary, t500 daily incentive during Covid19 treatment and 15 days of leave of isolation every month. This drew flak from nurses. who were flabbergasted, as they had rejected the offer, earlier. Utterly contimed, they were unsure whether to continue the strike or resume duties, said a nurse Kanakadurga.

 Assurances were given to us that our demands will be processed within a month, said another nurse Swapna Kumar'.

IT HAS been a week of twists and turns right from July 10 when nurses under outsourcing contracts attached to Gandhi Hospital went on strike seeking settlement of their longpending demands.

THE TEACHING faculty of the hospital, after announcing their protest from Tuesday, withdrew the proposed strike.

ON WEDNESDAY, some of their representatives were called for negations with Director Medical Education.

 Lack of sewerage treatment plant at TIMS cause of worry

 Even as Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) is 'ready' to treat Covid19 patients and suspects, lack of a sewage treatment plant at the stateoftheart facility remains a cause of concern.

Nearly two months after announcing the Covid treatment facility, admit. ting patients in TIMS, when it does not boast of a sewage treatment plant, may pose a greater health risk, fear authorities from the adjoining University of Hyderabad campus.

That they have reached out to the pollution control board for establishing the treatment plant at the facility.

port on May 26, explains how TIMS authorities had stated that the tender process for sewage treatment plant had been completed and construction work completed within 1520 days. However, those assurances still remain on paper.

An official working on the project, on condition of anonymity, informed, "The work has been pushed back several weeks due to various issues that cannot be divulged right now"

He further added that they have reached out to the pollution control board for establishing the treatment plant at the facility. Meanwhile, a makeshift sewage dump pit is being used to empty the hospital waste. Earlier, a team led by HMWS&SB Director Operations had inspected the hospital two days after the announcement of Covid19 hospital and suggested construction of a sewerage treatment plant on a priority basis.


 The Telangana High Court on Thursday again extended the stay on the demolition of the secretariat for one more day, directing the central environmental department to inform it by Friday (July 17) as to whether or not the Telangana government requires prior permission from it to demolish the secretariat.

Recalling the environment impact assessment notification dated 24.9.2006 issued by the central government, the division bench, comprising chief justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and justice B. Vijaysen Reddy Bench, sought clarification from the union ministry in this regard.

The bench directed the assistant solicitor general, Namavarapu Rajeshwar Rao, to speak to the concerned officers in the central environmental ministry and inform them whether or not the demolition of the building for preparing the land for future construction already planned by the Telangana government would require prior environmental clearance and whether it falls within the term 'preparation of the land' or not.


 Health minister Etala Rajendar told the newlyappointed principal secretary of health Eyed All Murtaza Rizvi to get cracking in his new position and speed up Covid19 control measures. The minister said cases must be detected early and those testing positive must be isolated immediately. Rajendar also said that it was as important to implement decisions as taking them and instructed Rizvi to ensure this happens.

In a significant decision, Rajendar said all doctors who have completed their postgraduate degrees should be appointed as senior residents so their services can be used more effectively in controlling Covid19.


 Police on Thursday foiled a bid by Darsgah JihadoShandat (DJS) to stage a protest at Haj House against the demolition of two mosques in the old Secretariat premises.

Earlier, Darsgah JihadoShandat stated that the demonstration was to expose the failure of the Wakf Board to protect the two structures. Abids police deployed heavy force in and around the Haj House, while workers were either not allowed to step out of their houses or were arrested soon before reaching the protest venue.

Some workers were arrested in the Old City when they tried to proceed to Haj House while a few were kept under house arrest.