Amaravati, September 14: With a significant increase in the expenditure on cancer treatment in Andhra Pradesh in the last seven years, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the health department to set up oncology departments in all medical colleges of the state. The decision taken during the review meeting of the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday included new medical colleges currently being established in the state.
“Build and strengthen government health facilities in the state and people will avail Aarogyasri services in our hospitals. It is a win-win situation for the state if we set up oncology departments for prevention and treatment in all medical colleges. Help us with more PG seats along with resources for treating patients in government facilities,” the chief minister said. Health department officials told the Chief Minister that the expenditure on cancer treatment in the state has increased four times since 2015.
He further said that 1,40,639 virtual accounts have been created under the Aarogyasri scheme, so that the people availing the service can be credited by the state government. Treatment amount which will then be automatically debited to the hospital accounts. The Chief Minister directed the Health Department to work towards eradicating anemia in the state within a year. “Take this as a challenge and work towards complete eradication of anemia in Andhra Pradesh,” he asked the officials to monitor the functioning of Anganwadi centres. “Like complete nutrition, provide protein kits to severe anemia patients,” the chief minister said. With the state government preparing to launch the concept of family doctor soon, the chief minister proposed the appointment of a special officer to monitor the progress. “Incentivize doctors to be posted in rural and tribal areas. One should not say that doctors’ recruitment is pending. Take all necessary help and do whatever it takes to recruit and retain doctors in government hospitals. There is a need to do that and clinics,” the chief minister said.
Jagan Mohan Reddy instructed to set up oncology department
Story first published: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 16:48 [IST]