AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy focused on the medical and health care infrastructure in the state as part of ‘Mana Paalana-Mee Suchana’ (Our Governance-Your Suggestions) brain-storming conferences on Friday.
Speaking about Arogyasri Services on this occasion, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said, anyone, having income below Rs 5 lakh can avail Arogyasri services and 1.42 crore people have been brought under the purview of the scheme. He said that the services under Aarogyasri can also be availed at super specialty hospitals in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. "We have also included cancer and Speech therapy in the list of Arogyasri services,” he said.
The chief minister said grades had been given to network hospitals and all the B-graded network hospitals should improve their services within six months. “The pensions to the patients, who are suffering from nine chronic diseases, have been increased from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000. The number of types of medicines, which match the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards and sold at government hospitals, has been increased from 230 to 500. As of now, we have conducted eye tests on 70 lakh students in the state and distributed spectacles to 1.29 lakh students. Also, eye tests will be conducted for the elderly people across the state in two phases under the ‘YSR Kanti Velugu’ scheme,” the Andhra Pradesh chief minister said.
YS Jagan said that under ‘Nadu-Nedu’ (Then and Now) programme, to boost health infrastructure in the state, 16 more teaching hospitals and seven super-specialty hospitals under ITDA will be set up across the state in the next three years.
"At the village level, YSR Village clinics will be set up across the state at one clinic for every 2,000 people. About 3,000 YSR village and ward clinics will be ready for operation by March 2021 and also works are under progress to improve facilities at 1,138 existing PHCs. This apart, 52 regional hospitals will also be set up. A total of Rs 14,000 crores will be expended under the ‘Nadu Nedu’ program. Also, 1,060 brand-new 104 and 108 ambulances will be flagged off on July 1," YS Jagan added.
He also said that the notification for the recruitment of 9,712 doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff will be issued in a week.
As part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state, "We have set up 13 laboratories in the state in a period of 70 days. Andhra Pradesh stood first in the country in conducting COVID-19 tests. Tests were conducted on 6,627 samples per million and we have set up five COVID-19 hospitals in the state,” the chief minister said.