Smiling doctors can do wonders, says Sriramulu

Speaking after inaugurating a new Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Arakalgud on Sunday, he lamented as incidents of negligence among the government doctors are on the rise, the people have lost faith in them and approach private hospitals only to fall in debt trap.

Though the treatment provided is the same in both the hospitals, the only difference is the doctors’ approach patients with smiling face which bring hopes among the latter that they are in safe hands.

Sriramulu also pointed out that there is lack of medical and para medical staff at many government hospitals in the state. After becoming the Health Minister, he had taken steps to appoint 1,400 doctors, 500 nurses and 500 specialists all over the state. The problem of vacant posts would be sorted out in a month, he assured.

He also lauded the excellent service by ‘Arogya Kavacha 108’. Till now it has received 2.13 crore calls and around 4.44 lakh pregnant women have utilised the service, which has decreased the infant mortality rate to a great extent. The Arogya Kavacha has also saved 1.9 lakh people from the clutches of death. 

The PHC at Arakalgud lacks furniture and other equipment. The department would sanction Rs 15 lakh for the same, he assured. A lady doctor would be appointed within a couple of days, Sriramulu added.

MLA A Manju appealed to the minister to fill in the vacant posts at more than 15 PHCs in the taluk. Earlier, the minister who arrived in a helicopter from Bellary inaugurated the new PU College for women in Arakalgud and staff quarters at the premises.

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