‘104’ service across State by November-end, says YSR
Sat 27 Sep 2008
Every village in the radius of 3 km of a PHC stands to benefit
VIJAYAWADA: The ‘104’ service would be launched across the State by the end of November for conducting regular medical check-up of people of rural areas, said Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Saturday.
Addressing a meeting after inaugurating a mega health camp organised under Rajiv Arogyasri programme at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Municipal Stadium in Ajit Singh Nagar, Dr. Reddy said that the government had earmarked Rs.100 crores for ‘104’ services.
A ‘104’ mobile clinic would visit every village in the radius of 3 km of a primary health centre once in a month and stay put there for half a day to carry out regular health check-up of people suffering from different ailments. The service would be of immense help to old people who needed timely medical advice. Medicines would be given free of cost for one month by the ‘104’ doctors.
Dig at TDP
Dr. Reddy took a dig at the TDP Government, saying it had slapped user charges on patients visiting government hospitals while his government was not collecting a single penny for even major surgeries under Rajiv Arogyasri. A Rajiv Arogya Mitra was available in each primary health centre for guiding people as to what ailments they could get treated under Rajiv Arogyasri. As many as 863 diseases and complaints could be taken care of under Rajiv Arogyasri, which was a scheme unparalleled in history, he said.
Dr. Reddy wielded stethoscope and examined a few children suffering from congenital heart disease and cleft lip. He handed over to parents documents pertaining to the operations to be carried out on their children in corporate hospitals in Hyderabad and other places under Rajiv Arogyasri.
The Chief Minister, who arrived by helicopter at Tummalapalem near Ibrahimpatnam at 10.45 a.m., unveiled a statue of deceased Congress MLA and former Minister Chanamolu Venkata Rao at Ibrahimpatnam centre. He described Venkata Rao as a leader who worked among the people till his last breath and a committed Congress leader. Dr. Reddy spent some time at the residence of Congress leader Jogi Ramesh, who is widely believed to be considering crossing over to the Praja Rajyam for getting ticket to contest from Mylavaram constituency.
The Chief Minister later drove down to the residences of Venkata Rao and Chennupati Seshagiri Rao, the deceased husband of former Congress MP Chennupati Vidya, at Patamatalanka and consoled the families.
Ministers G. Aruna Kumari , D. Prasada Rao , K. Ranga Rao, M. Buddha Prasad, P. Venkateswara Rao, MLAs, district Collector Shailaja Ramaiyer, Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna and others participated.
104 service for rural poor
Sat 27 Sep 2008 Source-Deccan.
Vijayawada, Sept. 27: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, announced that 104-service, another health sch-eme for rural people, will be launched by November-end in the state. He launched Rajiv Arogyasri scheme in Krishna district here on Saturday. Addressing a gathering at a mega health camp of Rajiv Arogyasri, he said under the 104 service, every village in the state will get regular medical facilities on a monthly basis from nearest Primary Health Centre.
“Mobile hospitals will visit every village which are three km away from the PHCs. The doctors would conduct camps in the villages and test patients and give treatment. If the illness is serious, they will contact experts through teleconference,” he said. Dr Reddy announced that the government allocated Rs 100 crore for the 104-service which would greatly help rural public. It will also become a very successful scheme like 108-emergency service, he said.
Coming down heavily on the Telugu Desam for not combating suicides in the state, the Chief Minister questioned why the TD leaders never implemented such useful schemes in their nine-year rule. “The Telugu Desam completely failed in stopping suicides by farmers and getting minimum support price for agriculture produce. When we studied the reasons behind the suicide cases of farmers and other sections, we came to know that farmers had to take the extreme step as they could not repay the amount after borrowing from money lenders for getting treatment for major diseases,” he said.
The Chief Minister inspected the 56 stalls that were set up in the mega camp by network hospitals in the city. He also interacted with several patients who were getting treatment under the Arogyasri scheme. He claimed that the scheme was unique and nowhere in the world such a large medical insurance scheme was covering such a huge population.
Over 90 per cent of the public in the state are being covered by Rajiv Ariogya scheme, he said. Dr Reddy asked the people to give their better judgement by differentiating between the rule of the TD and that of the Congress government.
Lucky few who interacted with YSR
G.V.R. Subba Rao
He randomly calls students with names dear to his heart
NUZVID: Successful persons say success is 90 per cent perspiration and 10 per cent luck. But, it was that 10 per cent luck that gave the students of IIIT here an opportunity to interact with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday.
Only 20 students were selected to interact with the Chief Minister during his visit to the campus of Raiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies IIIT. But, to their dismay, Dr. Reddy randomly called students with names dear to his heart to converse with him. “I know that there is a girl by name Indira. Please come forward,” he said, even as the organisers were getting ready to call another selected girl to begin the interaction.
Ch. Indira Devi, a native of Piduguralla in Guntur district, sprang to her feet with little vacillation.
It was not just Indira Devi, who proved to be the lucky one. The other students on whom dame luck smiled were Rajiv of Nuzvid, Priyanka of Tadanki in Krishna district, Soujanya of Palakole in West Godavari district, and another three girls by name Priyanka.
“I never expected the Chief Minister would invite me to speak. It was a thrilling experience,” said Indira Devi, who topped in her school in 10th class, and joined the IIIT a couple of months ago.
Upon learning that Soujanya’s elder brother was the only bread earner, he advised her to excel in academics. “Once you complete the course, you will get a good job. And, you will get a good husband too,” he prophesied.
When Priyanka (Tadanki) said her parents were blessed with two daughters, Dr. Reddy said:
“I should congratulate your mother for undergoing family planning operation after two daughters. Any home will be blessed with ‘lakshmikala’ (blessings of goddess Lakshmi), if it has daughters,” he said.
While it turned out to be a memorable experience for these students, M.A. Tahseen Banu of Manuguru, Sriharasha Rajam of Srikakulam and 18 others, who were selected after several rounds of tests, were clearly disappointed. Each of them was selected for different reasons. Diction, communication skills, command over language, speaking without mumbling were some of the criterion for their selection.
YSR anguished over Delhi blast
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has expressed anguish over the blast in South Delhi. Conveying his sympathies to the bereaved family members, he also wished the injured a speedy recovery.
On his return to the State capital from a visit to Krishna district on Saturday evening, he reviewed the law and order situation with the Director-General of Police S.S.P. Yadav, City Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao and other top officials.
Dr. Reddy asked the police to be especially vigilant and maintain peace and law and order during the Ramzan festival. He wanted a round-the-clock vigil by the police.