Hyderabad: Making a major policy announcement that might change the face of public hospitals, the Chief Minister Mr. N.Kiran Kumar Reddy said the government would bring back about 40 per cent operations under ‘Arogyasri’ to the government hospitals by providing them modern infrastructure and facilities on par with corporate hospitals.
The State Government has spent about Rs. 3,000 crores in the last four years on 11 lakh surgeries performed under ‘Aarogyasri’, a scheme launched for the poor people who could not afford the costly operations and treatment. A 40 per cent diversion of this expenditure would mean that the government would be spending over Rs. 1,000 crore in the next 3-4 years on modernisation of government hospitals. Speaking after inaugurating the 1st annual conference on Clinical Infectious Disease Society here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that the State Government wants to change the very face of the health sector, particularly the healthcare in the rural and remote tribal areas, in the coming years.
Admitting that till now the government was supporting the private corporate hospitals by sending the ‘Aarogyasri’ patients for treatment, the Chief Minister said there was an urgent need to change the health sector in the State. “The doctors working in Government Hospitals can also earn more money through ‘Aarogyasri’ operations compared to their private practices,” he said.
Praising the services being provided by 108 ambulances across the State, Kiran Kumar Reddy said the government was trying to sort out the problems that the scheme is facing now. He said another new initiative, 104 services, is also being strengthened to improve the healthcare of the rural people. He said vacancies of about 400 doctors in rural areas and another 400 doctors opting for PG courses every year are causing lot of inconvenience to the rural and tribal public. “Measures are being taken by the Government to fill up these vacancies on a permanent basis. Lot of incentives will be provided to the doctors who opt for working in the rural areas,” he said.
The Chief Minister also expressed concern over the rising number of IMR and MMR deaths and hoped that they would be controlled over the next two years. The Government is trying to educate the tribal people who have the habit of eating raw meat and one of the major problems for recurrence of the seasonal diseases is drinking water. Steps are being taken to educate them in this direction and the Government is planning to provide Jeeps as ambulances where the big vehicles cannot go, he said.
Excise Minister M.Venkata Ramana Rao, Dr.Mathai of the Society and others participated in the conference. (INN)