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Q: What is in rural health care that you are looking forward to?
Our motto is to ensure healthcare at every doorstep in the rural areas. For this, we must ensure that the public health centres at the base level are strengthened. We need to tackle seasonal diseases like malaria, chikungunya, diarrohea, hepatitis etc. that strike from time to time. Obviously, we require good doctors and good supply-chain for medicines so that the rural population can avail of the benefits. At the same time, the PHCs must not work only as treatment centres. They should also help create awareness among people so that they can take preventive measures. Maintaining proper hygiene is essential. Even during my practice as a paediatrician, I have observed that these simple things go a long way in managing rural health.
Q: The problem is with doctors refusing to go to the rural areas. What are you going to do about this?
We are going to look into this issue. At the moment, we require 2,000 doctors and a large number of para-medical staff to ensure that the public health system functions properly. Moreover, there is a shortage of good teaching professionals at medical colleges. These issues need to be addressed first. We also want to have one medical college in every district of the state. This will ensure that good healthcare is available in every district.
Q: There are many issues at the government level, like infrastructure, working hours of the doctors etc. How will these issues be tackled?
We have to be strict and ensure that government doctors work for the entire duration assigned to them in the hospitals. They have to ensure patients are their priority and best attention is paid to them. Currently, many poor patients are going to corporate hospitals because they feel enough attention is not being paid to them at government hospitals.
Q: Do you plan to continue with Aarogyasri?
Aarogyasri is a good scheme, but we must ensure that the maximum benefit reaches the government hospitals. Currently, the benefit to government hospitals is negligible. This has to be reversed. Also, the corporate hospitals must look at their social responsibilities. They will continue to be a part of the scheme. Our aim is to ensure healthcare to everyone, especially the deprived.
Hyderabad: Private doctors have gone ahead and formed the Telangana Indian Medical Association despite opposition from the members of the existing Indian Medical Association.
A meeting was organised on Sunday to select former superintendent of Osmania General Hospital Dr Gopal Krishna as the chairman of the association.
The committee has decided to meet again in July to hold elections for Telangana. Dr Yadgiri Rao, present secretary of united Indian Medical Association said, “The members are in a great hurry and are not waiting for the principal body in New Delhi to issue orders. It is not clear whether this is a recognised body as the parent body has not passed a resolution to create a separate IMA.”
There are 50 branches of IMA in Hyderabad and 150 branches of IMA in Seemandhra.
Hyderabad: Deputy chief minister Dr T. Rajaiah, on Tuesday asked government doctors at OGH to find out why patients were preferring corporate hospitals for Aarogyasri instead of complaining about it.
When the Telangana Doctors’ Association demanded that Aarogyasri patients must be treated only in government hospitals, Dr Rajaiah said, “Government doctors must not only complain all the time, but also work. If the patients prefer corporate hospitals, has the reason ever been discussed? What is the state of our facilities or equipment? What is the level of sanitation and cleanliness? Are our doctors responsible and ensuring strict discipline? If all these questions are looked into, there will be answers.”
At the OGH, the MRI is not functioning and there is no technician for X–ray machines. These issues need to be sorted out at the department level.
Since taking charge, Dr Rajaiah has been constantly asking doctors to maintain timing and ensure discipline. Patient-care has been the topmost on his agenda and he has been asking doctors to strengthen it, as it is one of the biggest lacunae in government hospitals.
Sources close to Dr Rajaiah said, “Patients from various districts, even those from Ranga Reddy, are calling to say that the doctors are not available at hospitals. When they are not there during duty hours, how can patients have confidence? Hence, they go to corporate hospitals.”
There are numerous complaints pouring in every day in his office and his staff is calling public health centres and also doctors to see that the patients are properly treated.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said his government will set up a super speciality hospital in every district of the state to cater to the needs of people who do not have access to quality treatment in far-flung areas.
Stating that cancer is more prevalent now due to lifestyle changes, KCR recollected a news report several years ago, which said cancer incidents in Telangana region were very low then.
"But cancer is on the rise now. We need new technology that can promise a rapid cure and is accessible to people from all walks of life," he said, while inaugurating a new radio surgery technology for treating cancer at Yashoda hospital. He also said that his government was aggressively pushing for improving green cover, loss of which is taking a toll on the health of citizens. "During a recent meeting with forest officials, I told them to improve forest cover to 33% from existing 25%," he said.
G S Rao, managing director of Yashoda Group of Hospitals said that the new technology called Triple F Radio surgery reduces treatment time from weeks to a few days by compared to conventional radiotherapy.