Endo victims to get cashless advanced medical care

Endo victims to get cashless advanced medical care

The Dakshina Kannada district administration has signed MoU with six medical colleges and one hospital for providing cashless advanced medical care for Endosulfan victims, here on Tuesday.

The representatives from KMC Hospital, Fr Muller Hospital, A J Hospital, Srinivas Hospital, KSHEMA, Yenepoya Hospital and Omega hospital exchanged the MoU with Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim in the presence of Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader.

Speaking to mediapersons, Khader said that the hospitals will treat all the ailments of the victims.

The government is mulling over including Endosulfan victims under Arogya Sri scheme. The scheme was meant for only BPL card holders. However, the government is planning to include Endosulfan victims. The government is also planning to cover victims under Yashaswini scheme.

According to the MoU agreement, the hospitals should charge from the district administration as per the approved rates.

The agreement shall remain in force for a duration of two years or till it is modified or revoked. The hospitals should submit physical bill as well as electronic bill for the bill clearing agency for processing the bills and payment. The hospitals will be provided with list of beneficiaries, it said.

The agreement said that the medical health officer of PHC will refer the victims in prescribed format to the hospital for advanced treatment. All beneficiaries should posess reference letter and ID card issued by the district administration for the treatment.

The agreement said that the hospitals should submit annual report regarding number of referrals received, admitted and bills submitted to the district adminitsration. The hospitals shall not refer the patients to other specialist /other hospital without permission of authorities.

The Minister said that any loopholes in the system should be brought to the notice of the district committee.

Rehabilitation centre

The district administration has also signed a MoU with KSHEMA, for setting up of a rehabilitation centre for mentally ill patients.

The centre will be set up in every district in the State. It is a kind of day care centre for those who have been cured of mental illness. In case of necessity, the patients will be hospitalised for treatment, said the Minister.  The Minister said that the centre will have psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, occupation therapist, and three helpers. It will have 20 beds. In case if the centre is functioning from a rented building, then such centres will be given monthly rent of Rs 20,000. The total expsenses for running the centre per month is Rs 1.60 lakh. All the DHOs and programme officers will be trained to implement the programme.

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