Thursday, October 30, 2014

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AP to supply generic medicine through 1,000 stores

Government proposes to introduce six super specialities at the Vishaka Institute of Medical Sciences

The Andhra Pradesh government plans to set up a chain of 1,000 stores to supply branded generic medicines at one-fourth of the price. The A.P. Medical Infrastructure Development Corporation will procure a wide range of medicines for supply, said Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas.

Dr. Srinivas told presspersons here on Tuesday that it would take at least three months for establishing the stores after the Chief Minister's approval. The modalities of allotting shops – to unemployed youth or others – have to be worked out. The whole idea was to come to the rescue of the common man who was unable to afford costly medicines for ailments like diabetes and hypertension.

The government proposed to introduce six super specialities at the Vishaka Institute of Medical Sciences for which recruitment process was already set in motion. In the government hospitals at Guntur and Kakinada, maternity and child welfare units would be set up at a cost of Rs. 20 crore each. Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, 12 super speciality wings would be set up in Anantapur and Vijayawada at a cost of Rs. 150 crore each. Site for setting up the unit was already selected at Anantapur and shortly it would be done in Vijayawada too. A proposal to set up similar super speciality wings in Kurnool and Srikakulam had been sent to the Government of India, Dr. Srinivas said.

He said it was also proposed to open a cardio-thoracic unit in the Guntur hospital under PPA mode. A MoU for this would be signed soon. Further the government planned to conduct medical examination of children in the age group of 6 to 10 years twice a year under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya scheme.

Biometric system

Another proposal was to introduce biometric system in all government hospitals for doctors, para medical and administrative staff. Hospital development committees were being restructured. Rs. 80 crore would be earmarked for hospital development fund for upgradation of district area hospitals. For convenience of patients' attendants shelters with bathrooms would be provided in hospitals. Chief Minister wanted the government hospitals to be improved so as to access 60 per cent of Arogyasree scheme funds , Dr. Srinivas said.

He said health cards for employees would be issued on October 30 at a function at Ravindra Bharathi. The Chief Minister had also okayed issue of health cards for journalists from December 1. All the family members of journalists, including parents, would be covered under the scheme, the Minister said.


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