Naidu for super specialty hospitals

  • 25 medical institutes to get wi-fi
  • California spends 35% budget on health: Sujata Rao
  • Somaraju, Nageswara Reddy give presentataions

‌Hyderabad, January 6: With an aim to make Andhra Pradesh a medical hub, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met medical and health experts, who submitted a draft health policy to the government. He said his government will encourage establishment of super specialty hospitals either through private partnerships or via trust.

Stating that only medicines and health centre don’t constitute a hospital, Naidu said doctors and medical experts need to focus on primary healthcare.

He also proposed the idea of working with corporates who have come forward to set up chain hospitals. “That apart, there is a need to focus on medical education from school-level,” he added. He has asked experts from the field to make an action plan on improving infrastructure, health indicators like IMR and MMR and healthcare services in the state and submit it to the government at the earliest.

According to the Chief Minister, all the 25 medical institutes will be provided with Wi-fi for virtual lessons from world-renowned experts from the field. During the discussion, Cancer specialist Dr Jagannath pointed out that a State with over five crore people has no cancer hospital and suggested that one in three districts could have one Cancer Hospital. Dr Jagannath said Andhra Pradesh could work on the “hub-and-spoke model” of service delivery.  He informed the Chief Minister that a 15-bed hospital at a cost of Rs120 crore is being constructed in Visakhapatnam.

Meanwhile, popular gastroenterologist Dr Nageshwar Reddy gave a presentation on the importance of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare. Noted cardiologist Dr Somaraju said quality of services can be enhanced by hiring more nurses. This will not only give employment boost but also enable the government to take quality services to remote areas, eventually leading to women empowerment.

Former health secretary K Sujatha Rao informed the Chief Minister that California spends 30-40% of its budget on healthcare. She pointed out that our country and the state has dismally low allocation for healthcare and that this has to be increased. Dr G.N. Rao of LV Prasad Eye Institute said the State spends Rs 900 on an individual for healthcare and that this has to be utilized properly. Further, Dr Santha Rao highlighted the importance of internships which could better healthcare services.

Dr. Srinath Reddy of Public Health Foundation of India said more PG institutes should be set up in the state to attract students from across the country. Minister Kamineni Srinivas, Advisor (communications) Dr Parakala Prabhakar, Principal Secretary (Health) L.V. Subramanyam, Principal Secretary to CM Ajay Sawhney and other officials were present. (NSS)

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