Telangana’s director of public health and family welfare Dr G Srinivasa Rao who was at the centre of a controversy for touching chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s feet is in the news again for apparently saying that Jesus eradicated Covid-19 at a pre-Christmas-event held in Bhadradri Kothagudem. As his statement drew flak, he posted the entire video of the event and said his statement was distorted to give a religious colour. He said he will never insult any religion and he actually credited all religious prayers apart from the efforts put by the government in his statement, but only a portion where he named Jesus went viral.
My Speech is misrepresented by a section of people to malign my Image. Requesting to watch my full video, I said only that “By the efforts put by Govt, health staff & prayers of all religious, we have overcome Corona”https://t.co/6i0Li83jTc
— Dr G Srinivasa Rao (@drgsrao) December 21, 2022
“We could defeat Covid-19 not because of our work but due to the blessings and kindness of Lord Jesus Christ,” he said at the event.
“It is unfortunate that some have distorted and falsely propagated my comments where I said we defeated Covid-19 due to the unique initiative of K Chandrasekhar Rao, the performance of the government, full cooperation of all the employees of the health department and because of all religious prayers,” he said to news agency ANI
The statement comes at a time India is on a high alert owing to a resurgence of Covid cases in China spurred by the BF.7 variant of Omicron which was reported in India as early as July this year.
(With ANI inputs)