VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his displeasure at the functioning of the health department during the review conducted along with Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas here Tuesday.
Pointing out at the incident of a child succumbing to rat bites in Guntur hospital, he opined that it is the culmination of degeneration of administrative systems in the governance.
Stating that it is time for reforms in the medical and health department in the state, he directed the officials to initiate action against the sanitation contractor who sub-leased the work after getting the tender by quoting at 50 per cent price.
These practices should be curtailed and only reputed agencies with good track record must appointed as service providers for security and sanitation services.
The equipment and diagnostic services shall be provided by private players and payment will be done only on the basis of service provided to them, he said.
The administration of the teaching hospitals, which are eight in number, shall be entrusted to professionals with Hospital Administration degree on contract basis immediately who will exclusively focus on the provision of support services and administration under the control of superintendent.
The CM stressed that all teaching hospitals shall apply and strive to get accreditation from National Board for Accreditation of Hospitals in a time-bound manner to ensure quality services to people by maintaining standards. He wanted to promote telemedicine and appointment of reputed national and international professors as honorary professors to share their experiences and improve the teaching standards.
Stating that recruitment and promotion of doctors is nearing completion, Chandrababu Naidu insisted that a policy of incentive and disincentives shall be formulated to encourage those who are doing good service in the hospitals.
On the occasion, he announced the decision to include Heart Transplantation in the services listed under NTR Vaidya Seva.
He also directed the officials to explore the possibility of converting the district hospitals into teaching hospitals so as to ensure better service to the people and also to encourage medical education in the state.
The Ayush department officials were directed to take up promotion of yoga on large-scale in schools and colleges by engaging part-time teachers. With the collaboration of temple authorities, yoga and Dhyan mandirs in all the temple towns of the state are to be constructed by the department to give fillip to the culture of Yoga in the state.
Stating that Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is willing to promote the second largest Ayurveda and Yoga Centre at Tirupati - after Dehradun, the CM asked the officials concerned to pursue the issue for its grounding at the earliest.
He wanted the officials concerned to improve the service quality of the government hospitals within one week and said he will personally inspect government hospitals.