Pilot programme of 'arogya dasoha' launched

Siddaramaiah lambasts state government on NRHM funds

Pilot programme of 'arogya dasoha' launched

Medical education minister and district in charge minister S A Ramdas said every Primary Health Centre (PHC) would be provided with medical facility and doctors around the clock, which would be first time in India.

He was speaking after launching pilot programme of  ‘arogya dasoha’ programme and medical laboratory constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh at Nanjangud government hospital on Saturday. He said, the lack of speciality doctors would be overcome and all PHCs would have medical assistance 24 hours within next two months.

He said, the programme would be started in other districts too from August 15 following its success in the taluk.

Ramdas said, medicines at a discount of up to 50-75 per cent would be given to patients from August 14. Malnutritioned children would be provided with five kg of wheat and one kg of toor dal.

Family

Care and protection within the family holds importance in case of health problems. For many diseases, he added, people are solely responsible. “Awareness regarding health care is essential.”

Leader of opposition Siddaramaiah said that there were more patients in taluk than figured out by the State government. It is responsibility of the government to provide health care service to the residents.

Elaborating on medical facilities, he said that Karnataka compared to other states had more hospitals including PHCs, government and private hospitals but lacked doctors.

He urged the doctors to serve in rural areas, which are most important part of our country. With an attraction of big figured salaries, doctors were eyeing on private health care sectors. He said doctors must inculcate service oriented mindset to serve selflessly.

Explaining scenario of rural areas, he said, villages which has 99 per cent of economically backward population should be attended with health care facility at affordable price or free of cost as they cannot compensate with private hospitals’ costs.

But the unfortunate part is, even poor people decry credibility of government health care facilities.

Funds not deployed

Charging the government of not utilising the funds of National Rural health Mission (NRHM), he said, Rs 600 crore was sanctioned by the government for various schemes under NHRM, out of which only about Rs 4 crore was utilised.

The leader of opposition said that he was propounding in every assembly session of appointing doctors to fill vacancies in government hospitals.

At this point, few patients interrupted and complained that there were no physicians, ortho specialist and other doctors in the government hospital of Nanjangud.

MLC Siddaraju, zilla panchayat president Bhagya Shivamurthy, president of city municipal council Nanjangud C M Shankar, president of taluk panchayat Chikkiramma, district health officer Dr S M Malegowda, director and dean of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute Dr Geetha Avadhani and others were present.   

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