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Rs 1,300 cr to Improve Medicare System

Published: 31st March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2015 04:04 AM   |  A+A-

Kamineni Srinivas

KAKINADAReiterating that the state government was committed to improving the medicare system in the state, Health minister Kamineni Srinivas has said that it has sanctioned an amount of Rs 1,300 cr for the purpose.

Stating this at a meeting with newsmen at the Government General Hospital (GGH) here on Monday, he added that of the sanctioned amount, Rs 340 cr would be spent for carrying out repairs to the government hospital and medical college buildings.

He added that while Rs 2.26 cr had been sanctioned for the GGH, Rs 76 lakh had been sanctioned for the Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada.

The minister said that a superspecialty block for mother and child care would be set up at the  GGH at an estimated cost of Rs 20 cr, while the cardiology services at the hospital would be upgraded in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

The minister warned the staff and doctors of strict action if they demanded money from the patients and called upon doctors to be punctual in discharging their duties.

He said that the government would soon fill up the 540 vacant doctor posts in the government hospitals and added that it would also convene a meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee soon to sort out the issue of promotions to the serving staff.

Srinivas also said that an amount of Rs 150 cr had been released for the construction of superspeciality blocks in government hospitals in Visakhapatnam and Anantapur.

“Chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate Working Journalists Health Scheme in Tirupati on April 6 and distribute health cards,” the minister said.

ZP chairman Namana Rambabu, MLA VV Rao, and others were present in the meet.

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