CM directs officials to expedite development of medical colleges in AP

Jagan reviewed implementation of the YSR Arogya Sri scheme referral system

Vijayawada: Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to speed up development of old medical colleges, as also land acquisitions for new such colleges and other works being taken up by the government at an estimated cost of Rs 16,270 crore under the Nadu-Nadu programme.

The CM was holding a review meeting along with deputy CM Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas and senior officials from the transport and health departments at his Camp Office here on Thursday. “Complete the tender processes fast to start development of old medical colleges and begin construction of new ones by April 15,” he asked the officials.

The CM said measures must also be in place for their proper maintenance of these buildings. “There is need to finalise a plan for administrative sanction and recruitment of staff for the hospitals,” he said.

The officials informed the CM that the works for development of 10,011 YSR Village Health Clinics would be complete by the end of April and development of 1,133 PHCs including construction of 151 new ones and renovation of 982 old ones by October end. The Nadu-Nedu works related to area hospitals would be completed by December end, officials said.

They said that with the construction of super speciality hospitals and new medical colleges as also renovation of old ones, the state will have a total built-up area of 3.1crore square feet which is four times more than of the Beijing airport.

Reddy reviewed implementation of the YSR Arogya Sri scheme referral system and inquired about the training being given to the health staff working in village/urban clinics and PHCs. He directed the officials to take feedback from the patients who availed facilities under the health scheme. The CM laid stress on ensuring that the 104 and 108 vehicles must be maintained properly. He called for strengthening the healthcare system in rural areas.

On Covid-19, the officials informed the CM that the rate of recovery was at 99.04 per cent while the death rate was 0.81 per cent.

The CM enquired with officials about the health of the people affected by the mystery illness in Pulla and Komadavole villages in West Godavari. “Test reports confirmed that the quality of water and food was good in Pulla. We are yet to receive test reports on food items lifted at Komadavole,” they said.

The CM met the children who underwent cochlear implant surgeries successfully and engaged in a chat with them.

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