Hyderabad: In yet another welfare initiative aimed at alleviating the sufferings of people, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 to patients afflicted with lymphatic filariasis.
The Chief Minister said 47,000 people who were suffering from filariasis will be given pension from the coming financial year and allocation will be made in the Budget for the purpose. Believing in the dictum that prevention is better than cure, Chandrashekhar Rao also decided to extend medical diagnostic tests to the people at government cost.
With the resolve to take Telangana to the top in public healthcare in the country, the Chief Minister also announced increase in the salaries of Second Auxillary Nurse Mid-wives. The decision follows an earlier move to increase the salaries of ASHA workers in the State. The Chief Minister instructed the officials concerned to prepare an action plan for optimum utilization of the services of medical employees and staff at the village level.
Directive to officials
The Chief Minister also instructed the officials to arrange medicines and treatment for patients. “Assess the number of filariasis patients in the State. Go to the villages, conduct a comprehensive survey and collect data. All DM&HOs should conduct an extensive survey on filarial cases,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister’s announcement came at a review meeting on Medical and Health at Pragati Bhavan here. Chief Advisor to the government Rajiv Sharma, Principal Secretaries S Narsing Rao, Shanta Kumari, Medical and Health Director Vakati Karuna, Public Health Director Lalitha Kumari, Special Secretary in CMO, Rajasekhara Reddy, Mission Bhagiratha Vice Chairman Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Government Whip Palla Rajeswara Reddy, MLA Sanjeev Rao, MLC Karne Prabhakar, Corporation Chairmen Seri Subhash Reddy and Gadari Bala Mallu participated in the meeting.
The decision comes in the wake of Roads & Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha submitting a representation to the Chief Minister stating that there were many filariasis patients in their constituencies who could not even walk. They need to be supported by the government, they said, and urged the Chief Minister to take steps to prevent the spread of the disease and help those suffering from filariasis.
Following pressure from them and Chandrashekhar Rao also being aware of the fact that there were filariasis patients in his own constituency, the issue was taken up seriously.
KCR Kits not for private hospitals
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister categorically ruled out extending the KCR Kits scheme to private hospitals in the State.
“KCR Kits scheme has created a tremendous impact and is being implemented successfully. Unnecessary surgeries have come down, and doctors and other staff, despite being over-burdened, are extending their services to the people,” he said, at a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan.
Appreciating the doctors’ role in making the scheme a success, the Chief Minister said they would be given incentives. “There are representations requesting that the KCR Kits scheme be extended to private hospitals. The government is not in favour of it. We will improve and increase facilities in government hospitals and increase the staff. There is no question of extending KCR Kits programme to private hospitals,” the Chief Minister said.