Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has claimed that people’s trust and faith on government hospitals have increased due to various measures taken by his government.
Initiatives like KCR Kits have led to a surge in number of patients at the government hospitals. He has urged the government doctors to actively work and live up to the faith and trust the people had in them.
The Chief Minister announced that the government would extend all the needed support to the Medical and Health department and wanted the officials concerned to prepare a Health Map for the future of the Telangana State.
He also signed on a file pertaining to the cash incentives to be given to doctors who were taking extra burden and care due to the increase in number of patients.
The Chief Minister held a review meeting on Medical and Health department at Pragati Bhavan here on Saturday. Minister Laxma Reddy, MLA Venkat Rao, Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Rajesh Tiwari, Commissioner Vakati Karuna, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramakrishna Rao, NIMS Director Manohar, Medical Education Director Dr. Ramesh Reddy, Health and Family Welfare Director Dr. Lalitha Kumari, Medical Services MD Dr. Venugopala Rao and others participated.
“There is an increase in the work load due to the KCR Kits. There is an increase in patients from the PHCs to the Teaching Hospitals.
Though the in-patients are outnumbering the beds, the doctors and other staff are rendering services and often working overtime. Their services are to be appreciated. People are hailing the doctors services. We should congratulate the doctors and other staff,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister claimed that KCR Kits was serving multi-purposes like reduction in unnecessary operations and mortality rate. Poor people are also saving money besides getting Rs 15,000 for institutional deliveries. He asked the officials to appoint adequate number of doctors and other staff while ensuring other facilities to patients.
“In agency areas like Adilabad and other places, people used to die due to viral fevers during the monsoon. But this time, due to the programme launched by the medical and health department, the incidents of deaths and viral fevers have come down.
People are healthy now. Though there is outbreak of diseases elsewhere in the country, it is under control in Telangana state. This is the result of the good work done by the doctors. The Telangana doctors have registered such victories, “the CM hailed the doctors.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister singed on file giving incentives to the doctors who are working overtime for the health of the poor. He also assured to examine increase in the retirement age for Assistant and Associate and Professors posts to 65 years.
He also positively responded to the suggestion to increase the retirement age from 58 to 65 years for those teaching in semi autonomous Medical colleges in Nalgonda, Suryapet along with those in Adilabad, Mahaboobnagar and Siddipet.
The Chief Minister wanted all arrangements to be made for the setting up of medical colleges in Nalgonda and Suryapet and to create facilities as per the Medical Council guidelines in all the medical colleges in the state. He said promotions should be given to all eligible doctors without any delay.
Further, he said relaxations should be given to doctors working in remote and agency areas. They should be allowed to stay in nearby towns.
KCR also sought proposals on the new buildings to come up in the place of the dilapidated buildings of the hospitals. Besides new buildings for the hospitals quarters should be constructed for the Doctors and other staff, he said.
The Chief Minister also wanted creation of shelters for those accompanying the patients and arrangement of other facilities at the big hospitals
In view of increasing population in the city and floating population, two major hospitals like the NIMS should come up along the ORR but not on the Warangal highway where there is AIMS at Bibinmagar. Maternity hospitals should also come up here, the Chief Minister advised.
KCR directed the officials to compile comprehensive information on government hospitals, buildings, lands and other assets. He said the Centrally-sponsored health schemes should be studied and measures should be taken for their utilisation. (INN)