Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday pointed out that in countries like the US, everyone undergoes diagnostic tests on a regular basis.
“Similarly, people in Telangana State should also be educated on the need to go in for diagnostic tests regularly. Those having awareness and money will go for diagnostic tests. But the poor living in villages and rural areas visit hospitals only when they are ill and they seldom go for any diagnostic tests, making it difficult to identify the disease in the primary stages,” the Chief Minister said at a review meeting of the Medical and Health Department at Pragathi Bhavan here.
Pointing out that early detection helps in curing the disease, Chandrashekhar Rao said that in many cases, however, it was detected when the disease was at the final stage. “This should not happen henceforth. The government will conduct tests for everyone in every village on a regular basis. Collect the blood samples and conduct tests for all diseases,” the Chief Minister instructed the officials.
Asking the officials to chalk out an effective health check-up scheme, he said that once the illness is detected, the patient should be treated at government cost. “Money is not a constraint; the government is ready to spend any amount. The government has no other priority item on its agenda than protecting the health of the poor people,” he declared.
Observing that the public health system had undergone a drastic change after formation of Telangana State, the Chief Minister said the government hospitals had improved. “The Centre has also praised the programmes and schemes launched by the State government. The services rendered by doctors, staff and employees have been highly appreciated by all. Due to the efforts put in by doctors, deaths due to dengue and malaria have come down,” he said.
Stating that the same spirit and initiative should continue, the Chief Minister urged the officials to ensure that health and medical care reach the doorsteps of the poor in rural areas. “Several categories of doctors and staff are working in rural areas. Converge the whole capacity of department of health and take all preventive steps. Prepare an action plan for this,” he said.
“We have increased salaries of ASHA workers and we are ready to increase them again. Workers will be recognised as Village Health Assistants. We will also increase salaries of the second ANMs. We will utilise their services in a more fruitful way. We will increase facilities in the PHCs also. The aim and objective is to make Telangana State the leader in public health in the country. Make the Telangana State health system better than neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Our future thrust will be through health and education, ” he said.