Lingamguntla( Palnadu dist), April 6: Taking the healthcare to the door step of the people, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formally launched the Family Doctor Programme in which qualified doctors in 10,032 Dr YSR Village Health Clinics would extend preventive health care to the needy across the State.
Launching the programme here on Thursday, the Chief Minister told a public meeting that the Family Doctor Programme would herald revolutionary changes in extending health care to the needy. Just like the pensions are handed over at the households, the healthcare facilities would be extended to the people at their doorstep, he said.
Besides visiting the bed-ridden people and treating them, Family Doctors would extend free medical treatment to people suffering from both communicable and non-communicable diseases and to lactating mothers and anaemic school children and women, he said.
They would refer the patients in need of advanced medical treatment to Aarogyasri Network Hospitals while YSR Health Clinics would extend post-treatment health care to such patients.
The Government has brought about revolutionary changes in health care as it highly values the lives of people. With one Primary Health Centre (PHC) serving every 2500 people, the Family Doctor programme would soon turn the State into a role model for other states in preventive health care, he said.
Each mandal would consist of two PHCs while each PHC would comprise two doctors with one of them taking caring of the out-patients and the other visiting YSR Health Clinics in assigned villages, schools and anganwadi centres twice a month, he said adding they would identify people suffering from BP, Sugar and anaemic conditions and provide them treatment in the initial stages preventing serious heart and other diseases among them.
YSR Village Health Clinics, to be manned by Community Health Officers (CHOs), ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives) and ASHA (Accredited Social Health Assistant) workers, would be equipped with 105 kinds of medicines, lab facilities to conduct 14 kinds of diagnostic tests and 936 Mobile Medical Units (104).
The phone numbers and other details of the doctors would be displayed at the Village Secretariats which would maintain health records and ensure that the medical services would be available round the clock, he said, appealing to the medical staff to stay in the villages where they are employed and serve the people 24×7.
Pack of wolves
Asking the people to assess the good deeds of the Government, he called upon them to become the soldiers of the YSRCP and teach a fitting lesson to the political wolves who are coming together for electoral gains.
The Chief Minister asked the people to see the difference between the TDP and YSRCP rules in health, educational and other sectors. Elaborating further that the medical procedures under the YSR Aarogyasri went up to 3255 from 1000 in TDP rule which avoided payment of Rs.800crore to hospitals, he said the Government has been spending over Rs18,000 crore every year on medical and health sector against the meagre Rs. 8000crore spent by the TDP rule.
While the number of network hospitals under YSR Aarogyasri went up to 2261 from 914 in TDP rule, 3,57,1596 people were benefitted under the scheme in the last 45 months, he said, adding that the Government has so far spent Rs. 9000crores under Aarogyasri and Rs. 990 crores under Aarogya Aasara alone making it an average of Rs. 3300crore annually.
The Government has so far created 48, 639 jobs in medical and health field alone filling up 100 per cent vacancies of lab technicians, general physicians and staff nurses and 96.31 percent vacancies of specialist doctors besides constructing 17 new medical colleges and keeping stocks of 562 sorts of WHO standard medicines in Government hospitals.
Making it clear that he does not know the political gimmicks of TDP which followed the policy of plunder, stash and devour and which only worked for the scams, he said that people are his only strength and he is working with the blessings of people and God.
While the TDP and his foster son are forging alliances for electoral gains with the support of friendly media, he is only depending on his alliance with the people, said the Chief Minister asking them to stand by the YSRCP in the next elections.
In an unprecedented way, the Government has so far distributed to the people Rs. 2, 05, 108crore under various welfare schemes bringing happiness at every doorstep across the State.
In response to the appeal of the Minister for Medical and Health V. Rajani, the Chief Minister granted Rs. 63crore to expedite the drinking water project at Chilakaluripet, besides agreeing to construct Ambedkar Bhavan and Community Bhavans for BCs and Kapus. He instructed the District Collector to provide the necessary three-acre land for Muslim burial ground.
The Chief Minister also examined the Village Health Clinic established here and other stalls and interacted with the doctors and the Para Medical staff.