Amaravati, May 31:
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has laid the foundation stone for the construction of 14 medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh here on Monday. The colleges would be set up at Piduguralla, Machilipatnam, Vijayanagaram, Anakapalle, Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Palakollu, Eluru, Bapatla, Markapuram, Madanapalle, Penukonda, Nandyala and Adoni.
Speaking after laying the foundation stones with the click of a mouse from his camp office the Chief Minister said that the government is committed towards developing healthcare facilities, making them available to all sections of the public by setting up a medical college with a super speciality hospital in every parliamentary constituency and a nursing college affiliated to the medical colleges. He said that the construction of new medical colleges is planned to be completed within three years at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore and the works of two medical colleges in Pulivendula and Paderu are already underway taking the strength of new medical colleges cpming up to 16. He said that there is a need to bring 16 new medical colleges in the State for improving tertiary care as currently only 11 medical colleges are functioning.
The Chief Minister said that the government is also setting up 500-bed hospitals along with medical colleges, with modern infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to these, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the State lacks tier-1 cities and superior medical infrastructure in the private sector like in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. To fill the gap, the State government decided to hand over five acre land free of cost to private hospitals that are ready to invest Rs 100 crore and start super- speciality hospitals in three years.
The government had taken up Nadu-Nedu initiative, changing the face of government institutions ensuring to meet the national standards with an expenditure of Rs 16300 crore. The establishment of 10,111 YSR Village Clinics is underway creating access to healthcare in every village in addition to setting up of two PHC’s in every mandal, 560 Urban Health Centres, 52 Area hospitals and 190 CHC’s. He said that the government is setting up five multi-specialty hospitals in tribal areas at a cost of Rs 246 crore, which will be accessible for the tribal population in remote areas in the next three years.
The Chief Minister said that the current government breathed life into the Aarogyasri programme by bringing 2,436 treatments under it and ensuring the scheme is applicable if the bill amount exceeds Rs 1000. He stated that Rs 5,215 crore has been paid by Arogyashree Trust, in the last two years , where Rs 3560 crore was spent on Aarogyasri treatments, Rs 303 crore for Aarogya Aasara, Rs 510 crore on employees health scheme, Rs 452 crore on 104 and 108 services and Rs 390 crore for pensions for chronic patients. He stated that Andhra Pradesh is the first state to include treatments for Covid-19 and Black Fungus under Aarogyasri. Besides these, the government is also providing free eye check up for all under YSR Kanti Velugu and also conducting cochlear implant surgeries for children, with an aim to make Andhra Pradesh free from deaf and mute children.
Like never before, the state government had filled 9712 posts in the medical field which includes doctors, nurses and paramedics. The Chief Minister said that the government will be providing an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the frontline workers, including the contract and outsourcing staff who succumbed to death while providing their services and doesn’t come under centre’s scheme.
Deputy Chief Minister (Medical and Health) Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani), Minister for Energy Balineni Srinivas, MP Mithun Reddy, Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, Additional DGP Ravi Shankar Ayyanar, Medical and Health Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal, Covid Task Force Committee Chairman MT Krishna Babu, Family Welfare Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar, 104 Call Center Incharge A. Babu, Arogyasri CEO Dr. Mallikharjun, APMSIDC VC and MD V. Vijayarama Raju and others were present.