Health sector equipped to defang vector-borne diseases: Laxma Reddy

Incessant showers in various parts of Hyderabad and suburbs has created ideal conditions for the rise in cases of viral fevers, malaria, chikungunya and dengue.

By Author  |  Published: 10th Oct 2017  12:26 am
Laxma Reddy
File photo: Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy.

Hyderabad: With seasonal ailments, especially vector-borne ailments getting reported in large numbers, Health Minister, Dr C Laxma Reddy on Monday said that the health machinery is geared-up and equipped to handle any further increase in the patient load.

Incessant showers in various parts of Hyderabad and suburbs has created ideal conditions for the rise in cases of viral fevers, malaria, chikungunya and dengue. The inflow of patients in the outpatient wings of all public health institutions has registered an increase in the last few days.

To assess the situation, the Health Minister also conducted a surprise inspection at Gandhi Hospital on Monday evening. The Minister interacted with several patients at various recovery wards in the hospital and later directed authorities to be on alert and be prepared to handle influx of patients.

Later, while interacting with health officials in a review meeting, the Health Minister directed officials to be on alert and be prepared, as the chances of rise in patient inflow is high after the rains.

AYUSH under Aarogyasri

The State government will soon include treatment modalities based on Indian medicine under Arogyasri health insurance scheme. At present, Aarogysri is covered only for Allopathy treatment but this is all set to change, as authorities are now seriously considering to cover patients under Aarogyasri who are opting for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy) treatment.

On Monday, Health Minister, Dr. C. Laxma Reddy said that there was a need to acknowledge that large number of patients prefer AYUSH. While there are several health facilities that offer treatment based on Indian medicine, patients are left to spend from their pockets to avail the services. The authorities, in all likelihood, will provide Aarogyasri coverage for close to 56 different treatments under Indian medicine.