Less hospitals, optimum results ; prevention is better than cure-says minister Khader

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Mangalore, July 13: Addressing the media reporters during ‘meet the press ‘interactive session organized by Mangalore press club on July 13,Saturday U T Khader, minister for health and family welfare said in his address that department’s main aim is not to build more hospitals but to focus on preventive measures.


Minister while briefing about the activities of the health department said that first of all people must realize that the good things department do and what the programmes department undertaken, then only people will repose confidence on the department. Unlike in the past, where preventive measures normally used take from April but henceforth measures will be taken much before and will be continuous, he said.


Well about the upcoming plans, he said the department is planning to increase the 108 ambulance service and implementation of ‘Nagu Magu’. Under ‘Nagu Magu’ scheme, the mother and her new born baby will be taken to their homes safely completely at government expense.


 He also informed about an ambitious’’ 104” programme of the department, in which people living in the remote villages and hilly areas can get information about the health and preliminary treatments for ailments by calling toll-free number’104’ and the same number also can be used for registering complaints about improper maintenance and poor quality services available at primary health Centre, he added.


Briefing on some of the new other plans, which are on the way are, apart from setting up of ‘Ayush unit’ in every taluk, department will start distributing generic medicines in hospitals and provision of iron tablets to anaemic students and compulsory installation of ICU and ventilators in government hospitals in every taluk.


The Government is also contemplating to set up public institute of health sciences in 50 acre plot outside Bangalore at the cost of Rs 60 crore, he said.


Minister also said that Karnataka compulsory service training by candidates completed medical courses bill 2012 had been approved by the  last legislative assembly and soon would be implemented into an Act, which makes one year rural service mandatory for all the medicos in the state, failing which they would not be eligible for permanent registration. This would help in solving the problem of service shortage of doctors in rural areas, he said.


He also informed that the government has sanctioned Rs 9 crore for Lady Goshen hospital.

He further said that for the benefit of endo-sulfane victims, two committees’ i.e executive committee and enforcement committee have been formed in Dakshina in Dakshina Kannada, Udipi and Karwar district. One committee will be headed by the district in-charge minister and the other by the deputy commissioner and ensure that the compensation reaches the victims on time without any hurdles, he said.

Finally in his concluding remarks said that only those officials who are sincere and honest are remain in the health department.

DKWJU President P B Harish Rai welcomed the guests and gathering and Srinivas Indaje, secretary proposed a vote of thanks.

Photo by:Sathish Kapikad


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