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Telangana: 230 teachers lost lives during second wave | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Altogether 230 teachers have lost their lives to Covid-19 during the second wave, said members of Telangana State United Teachers Federation (TS UTF) and demanded the state should increase the medical claim amount for Covid-19 treatment.
They said that while it costs anywhere between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 20 lakh for Covid-19 treatment in private or corporate hospitals, the state is reimbursing only one lakh rupees.
Families are losing their loved ones and are falling into a deep financial crisis, the teachers added.
“Either the state should ensure that private and corporate hospitals don’t charge exorbitant bills or increase the reimbursement limit,” said Chava Ravi, secretary, TS UTF adding that they have submitted are presentation to the chief minister and chief secretary of the state on the issue.
He said that in the last one month, on average, at least five teachers died every single day.
“Teachers attended schools physically until April 26. We were also given election duties during Nagarjuna Sagar bypolls, Warangal, and Khammam municipal elections,” said Ravi adding that about 600 teachers, who carried out election duties, got infected with Covid-19, of which15 of them succumbed to the infectious disease.
The teacher said that while about 50-55 government school teachers died due to Covid-19 between January 2021 and April 2021, the remaining succumbed in the month of April.
Of the total deceased, 185 teachers are still in service and the remaining are retired government school teachers, they added and said that majority of teachers who succumbed to Covid-19 are under 45 years of age.
Most numbers of Covid-19 deaths, 25, among teachers were seen in Sangareddy district, followed by 16 in Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, the biggest state teachers union, the TS UTF demanded that the state should give ex-gratia to the contract teachers and those teachers who had lost their lives to Covid-19 while on election duty.
They also demanded that the state gvoernment should consider teachers as frontline workers and get them vaccinated before reopening schools for the next academic year.

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