Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has said that his government was trying to change the very face of the Health sector, particularly the healthcare in the rural and remote tribal areas in the coming years.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the first annual conference on Clinical Infectious Disease Society here at Taj Krishna on Saturday morning. He said several new initiatives were being taken by the government to protect the rural and tribal people from the recurring seasonal diseases. Education and awareness in rural areas are needed to prevent such diseases, he said, adding that the State government had launched Arogyasri for the benefit of poor people, who could not afford costly surgical operations and medical treatment. He said that 11 lakh operations were so far completed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crores in the last three to four years.
Stating that there was urgent need to change the Primary Health Sector in the State, the Chief Minister said that till now the government was supporting the private corporate hospitals by sending the Arogyasri patients for treatment. Now the government was contemplating to bring back about 40% operations to the government hospitals by providing modern infrastructure and facilities on par with the corporate hospitals. The doctors working in the government hospitals can also earn more through Arogyasri operations compared to their private practice. He also said that the 108 ambulances, which were being operated all over the State saved a lot of lives and the government was trying to sort out little problems being faced by the scheme. The Chief Minister said that the another new initiative is that 104 services are being strengthened to improve the healthcare of the rural people.
Expressing grave concern over the IMR and MMR deaths, he said the government was keen on preventing these diseases in the next two years. Apart from 400 posts of doctors remained vacant in the rural areas, another 400 doctors who have opted for PG courses every year was causing hardship to the rural and tribal people. Measures were being taken by the government to fill these vacancies on a permanent basis. A lot of incentives will be provided to the doctors, who opted to work in the rural areas.
The government was also trying to educate the tribal people, who are habituated to eat raw meat and one of the major problems for recurrence of seasonal diseases is drinking water. Steps were being taken to educate them in this direction and the government was planning to provide Jeeps as ambulances where heavy vehicles cannot ply. The Chief Minister hoped that the conference will find solutions to the common challenges facing the health sector.
The Minister for Excise, Mr M. Venkata Ramana Rao, Dr Mathai of the Society and others participated in the conference.