Arogyasri has transformed health sector, says YSR
World-class operation theatres opened at Gandhi Hospital
Scheme helped State hospitals leverage funds for development
Success of Gandhi Hospital should be a case study for others, says YSR
The Rajiv Arogyasri scheme has acted as a catalyst to stimulate government hospitals from slumber and has become a change agent, transforming health sector in the State, according to Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Dr. Reddy was speaking at a function after inaugurating three world-class operation theatres for cardio-thoracic surgery at Gandhi hospital.
The Chief Minister, who was in an expansive mood, spoke at length about the deep-rooted problems of infrastructure and fund crunch at government hospitals before the universal insurance scheme was introduced. “Could anyone have imagined that Gandhi Hospital can ever be able to conduct nine high-end cardiac surgeries in a day? Just imagine what more can be done in years to come,” he said.
Dr. Reddy said the introduction of health insurance scheme helped government hospitals to leverage funds for infrastructure development. “The success of Gandhi Hospital in implementing Arogyasri scheme should be a case study for others in the health sector,” he said.
1,000 heart surgeries
The hospital now was capable of taking up over 1,000 heart surgeries in a year, thanks to the newly commissioned hi-tech operation theatres. “The fact that Gandhi Hospital has used a part of the money raised from Arogyasri scheme to fund infrastructure is very heartening,” Dr. Reddy said.
The Chief Minister brushed aside rumours that the hospital would be made semi-autonomous. “We accorded such status to hospitals in districts where we were facing shortage of doctors. We are starting 10 dialysis centres in various parts of the State and Gandhi Hospital is one among them,” he informed.
On the request of the hospital authorities, Dr. Reddy approved to set up a nursing college on the hospital premises. “We are ready to construct hostels for junior doctors and staff quarters. I just want the doctors of this hospital to rededicate themselves and keep up the good work,” he said.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Medical Education and Health Insurance Galla Aruna Kumari, Secunderabad MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, Minister for BC Welfare M. Mukesh Goud and top officials from the Health Department.
YSR’s plea to potters
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has asked potters (kummari community) to shift from the traditional occupation of their caste for which the State Government will extend the necessary assistance.
Addressing the State-level conference of potters association here on Thursday, Dr. Reddy felt the need for the community to go slow on its traditional occupation as it was overtaken by the plastic industry. He advised potters to look for new avenues in this era of modernisation. However, the Government would take the responsibility of supplying them implements and providing the market linkage if they chose to continue in the occupation, he added.
Dr. Reddy promised to waive levy on sand used by potters. He also announced hike in the corpus of finance corporation for potters from Rs. 50 lakh to one crore.
Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said the Chief Minister decided to nominate the State potters association president Ilapuram Venkaiah as a candidate for membership of the Legislative Council because the community was never represented in the Parliament nor Assembly so far.
Chief Minister hails Indo-U.S. nuclear deal
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Thursday complimented Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the approval of the Indo-US nuclear deal given by the US Senate close on the heels of the green signal given earlier by the House of Representatives.
In a statement, Dr. Reddy described it as a historic achievement of the UPA government and a momentous occasion for the country. The statement said:
“The Prime Minister deserves all kudos for getting the Nuclear deal approved which relieves India from the Nuclear Fuel isolation since many decades.”
YSR leaves for State capital
After a busy schedule participating in as many as 10 different programmes at Tirupati and Tirumala, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy flew back to Hyderabad on Thursday. Dr. Reddy also presented silk ‘vastrams’ to Lord Venkateswara on behalf of the State government on Wednesday.
He left for Tirupati airport around 6.30 a.m. today and took off immediately to Hyderabad after a brief send-off by the officials.