Hyderabad: Extending free and quality treatment to the poor and needy, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched a total of 45 new Basthi Dawakhanas in a single day on Friday. Apart from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts, three Basthi Dawakhanas were inaugurated in Sangareddy district as well.
In just two years, the concept of Basthi Dawakhanas grew considerably in the city and also extended to the neighbouring municipalities. The first Basthi Dawakhana was launched by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao at BJR Nagar in Malkajgiri on April 6, 2018.
Over the last two years, the number of these health and wellness facilities went up to 123 and with the launch of 45 new Dawakhanas today, the total now stands at 168.
In view of the lockdown, the inaugural ceremony was a low key affair today. Led by Deputy Speaker T Padma Rao Goud, Ministers, KT Rama Rao, E Rajender, T Harish Rao, Sabitha Indra Reddy and T Srinivas Yadav along with other elected public representatives participated in the inauguration programmes in different parts of the city.
Two Basthi Dawakhanas were inaugurated by Rama Rao at Erragadda and Yousufguda divisions. The Minister also spoke to an elderly woman and enquired about her health and wellness on the sidelines of inaugurating the wellness centre at Yadagirinagar, Yousufguda.
Among the 45 new Basthi Dawakhanas, 22 are in Hyderabad, 15 in Medchal, five in Ranga Reddy and three in Sangareddy. Located in the slums to meet the health care needs of the urban population with focus on urban poor, these Basthi Dawakhanas make available essential primary health care services and reduce the out of pocket expenses for treatment for the poor.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had recently instructed the officials to immediately inaugurate the new facilities which were ready to be functional.
More centres in coming days, says KTR
Hyderabad: MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao said considering the good response from people for Basthi Dawakhanas, many more such centres will be opened in the city in coming days.
Apart from extending quality treatment for free, Basthi Dawakhanas offer free diagnostic services as well for the poor. The State government is committed to extend quality treatment to the poor and Basthi Dawakhanas aid in delivering primary health care and treatment to the poor, he said.
“People are making good use of the services being extended at Basthi Dawakhanas. Many more such centres will be opened in different areas in future,” said Rao.
Basthi Dawakhanas a big hit during lockdown
Hyderabad: Ever since the lockdown was launched in the city in wake of corona pandemic, Basthi Dawakhanas have come in handy in extending quality and timely treatment to the needy, especially migrant workers.
On an average, 70 to 80 persons are visiting a Basthi Dawakhana every day at different locations. Many clinics are registering cases pertaining to cough, cold and even diarrhea.
Routine services like hyper tension checks, diabetes checks etc are being offered and with monsoon set to arrive in coming days, measures, including extending evening clinics at many locations are being chalked out.
Corporator fined for erecting flexis
Hyderabad: Irked over the installation of flexis and banners at the inauguration of Basthi Dawakhana in Erragadda, MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao directed the GHMC officials to levy penalty on the local corporator.
Accordingly, Erragadda Corporator Shaheen Begum was levied Rs 20,000 penalty for installing flexis and banners at the inauguration ceremony in Sultan Nagar. Her husband Mohd Shareef was also levied Rs 1,000 fine for attending the inaugural ceremony without wearing a mask.
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