A large-scale improvement in infrastructure was announced in all hospitals. (Representational Image/ AP)
Hyderabad: The state government announced the construction of a medical college in every district of Telangana, in the Budget on Monday.
Finance minister T. Harish Rao announced that in this calendar year, a medical college each would be established at Asifabad, Bhupalpally, Vikarabad, Sircilla, Jangaon, Kamareddy, Karimnagar and Khammam.
Medak, Medchal, Ranga Reddy, Mulugu, Warangal, Narayanpet, Jogulamba Gadwal and Yadadri districts would each get a medical college, for which the government is proposing an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore.
The overall funds allocated for the health, medical and family welfare department was Rs 11,237 crore, or 4.37 per cent of the total allocation. The percentage allocation increased from last year’s 3.3.
The finance minister announced the distribution of ‘KCR Nutrition Kits’ in nine districts where many pregnant women and lactating mothers suffer from anaemia: Adilabad, Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Bhadrachalam Kothagudem, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Kamareddy, Vikarabad, Mulugu, Jogulamba Gadwal and Nagarkurnool. It is expected that every year around 1.25 lakh women would benefit from this programme.
Harish Rao announced the setting up of 350 basti dawakhanas in Hyderabad. Currently, 256 basti dawakhanas are operating in the city and the government has started work to establish 94 more clinics in the HMDA area.
A large-scale improvement in infrastructure was announced in all hospitals. To improve sanitation in hospitals, it was decided to increase the wages of sanitary workers. For this, the sanitation expenditure per bed is being enhanced from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500. An outlay of Rs 338 crore is proposed in the budget.
To modernise 61 mortuaries, the government has sanctioned Rs 32.5 crore. The ceiling on Arogyasri was Rs 2 lakh earlier. This is being enhanced to Rs 5 lakh.
Key announcements for the Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department
Aarogyasri cover increased to Rs 5 lakh
KCR Nutrition Kits to be given in nine districts
350 basti dawakhanas to be set up in Hyderabad
Overall allocation for the department: Rs 11,237 crore
Outlay for a medical college each in eight districts: Rs 1,000 crore