GUNTUR: Health minister Kamineni Srinivas urged doctors and health department officials to concentrate on reducing infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR).
At the district health and medical department review meeting at Government Medical College here Monday, Srinivas said that it was disturbing in spite of providing the best facilities and availability of modern medical equipments and technology in the government hospitals, the IMR and MMR had not reduced and asked doctors to focus on them.
He reminded that the Guntur Medical College had good reputation and asked the doctors to strive to uphold it.
Directing officials to conduct hospital development committee meetings every three months, the minister asked officials to create awareness among public about the health services provided by the government hospitals.
He said that health services would be provided through public private partnership (PPP) mode in remote areas. The minister reiterated that the construction of cancer hospital at Chinakakani with `120 crore was progressing.
Tenali MLA Alapati Rajendra Prasad requested the minister to fill up the vacant gynaecologist post at Tenali Government Hospital.
Guntur joint collector Vivek Yadav, Guntur Government Hospital superintendent T Venugopala Rao, DMHO M Gopi Naik, Guntur Medical College principal Sailabala and Ponnuru MLA Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar among others participated in the review meeting.
Mother and Child Care Centres
The minister participated in the government doctors association meeting at Sushrutha meeting hall here. He announced that mother and child care centres would be set up in Guntur and Kakinada with an outlay of `20 crore each. The government was making efforts for 24-hour power supply to hospitals, industries and homes by August 2. He visited Podili Prasad Trauma Care Centre and Fever Hospital on the Amaravati Road and interacted with patients.