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For progress: Health remains top priority for govt, says Sadananda Gowda

He was speaking after laying foundation for various development works at K R Hospital and dedicating MRI facility at a programme organised at Mysore Medical College and Research Institute platinum jubilee hall here on Sunday.

“The health sector remains the top priority for the government. The launching of development works worth Rs 27.6 crore shows our commitment to the sector. Medical expenses have gone up, putting enormous stress on common man’s pocket. The poor has no relief from spiralling costs. Everyday, government extends a helping hand for medical aid to at least 200-250 people under the chief minister’s relief fund. It is the responsibility of the government to help the poor and the deprived,” he said.

Medical education

Sadananda Gowda said the government takes pride in institutions like MMC&RI. The college has been imparting quality medical education for the past eight decades since 1930.

There is a need for much to be done and achieved. We can do better in the coming days in terms of adding infrastructure, medical equipment to the existing facilities at government hospitals, he stated and added that facilities at Bangalore, Hubli and Bellary hospitals would also be improved in future.

The budgetary allocation for medical education and health sector has seen a phenomenal increase in the past few years. Medical education received Rs 826 crore in 2011-12 compared to Rs 723 crore in previous fiscal. While, health (hospitals and medicine) was allocated Rs 2,428 crore in 2011-12 compared to Rs 1,935 crore released in 2010-11,” the chief minister observed.

Sadananda Gowda also gave away cheques to beneficiaries of Karnataka Minority Development Corporation. Forest minister Yogishwar, MLAs Shankaralinge Gowda, Sathyanarayana, MLCs Siddaraju, Thontadarya, Mallikarjunappa, chairman of Karnataka Housing Board G T Devegowda, mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna, ZP president Sunitha Veerappa Gowda, MUDA chairman Nagendra and others were present on the occasion.

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