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144 new Basthi Dawakhanas in Telangana and 92 more in Hyderabad

Published: 3rd Dec 2021 12:35 pm

Hyderabad: With Basthi Dawakhanas achieving a considerable success and support from the local population, the State government has decided to establish 144 similar primary health care facilities in urban centres in Telangana and 92 more in areas under GHMC, Health Minister, T Harish Rao on Friday said.

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During the inauguration of a Basthi Dawakhana at Shantiniketan colony, Old Bowenpally on Friday, Harish Rao said that so far the State government has established 258 Basthi Dawakhanas in areas under GHMC and 92 more will be established in the coming months.

The Health Minister and other local representatives inaugurated 32 new Basthi Dawakhanas across Hyderabad on Friday.  “The concept of Basthi Dawakhanas and offering nearly 57 different kinds of free diagnostic services along with free consultation with a doctor has caught-on among the public.  So far, 60.18 lakh individuals have utilised the services of Basthi Dawakhanas. On an average, each Basthi Dawakhana provides services to 100 local patients on a daily basis,” he said.

The T-Diagnostic initiative, wherein the collected samples of patients from Basthi Dawakhanas are transported to major diagnostic hub located in Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) and Gandhi Hospital has so far provided services to 11.60 lakh patients in Hyderabad.

“It is the aim of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to provide healthcare services to urban poor on par with corporate hospitals. At local level, Basthi Dawakhanas will provide primary healthcare facilities while tertiary care facilities will be provided at superspecialty hospitals,” Minister said.

Commenting on the Omicron variant of SARS-Cov-2, Harish Rao said that extensive use of masks, physical distancing and vaccines are the only options left to curb the spread of new variants.

“So far, 91 per cent of eligible persons in Telangana have received the first dose of Covid vaccine and 47 per cent have completed their two-doses. We have a buffer stock of 80 lakh Covid vaccines and I request individuals who are yet to get vaccinated to come forward and get it done at the earliest,” he added.


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