Amaravarti, July 1: Andhra pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched a Cancer Care Centre and flagged off 1088 ambulance vehicles coinciding with the National Doctors’ Day.
The Chief Minister inaugurated a Cancer Care Centre at Guntur Government Hospital in association with Natco Trust here on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion he said that he was very happy to launch the two programmes on Doctors’ Day and extended his compliments to all the Doctors. It was a delight to see the fleet of ambulance vehicles rolling out in a row and this is day to be written in golden letters in States history as nowhere were 1088 vehicles flagged out on a single day. We have also included vehicles for neo-natal services which will bring down the infant mortality rate.
The State will soon have electronic health cards to every citizen of the state and every mandal will have a PCH with a doctor and a 104 ambulance. The electronic cards will store all the medical data of the patient.
We should instil confidence among the people that the response time for the ambulance is strictly adhered to as the facility during the previous government has been severely hampered. The change should be visible clearly as we have seen rats biting infants in Government hospitals and surgeries were done under cell phone lights.
Change is in the offing and we will improve the facilities and bring Government hospitals on par with national standards.
The Chief Minister said that the salaries of 108 staff will be increased. The drivers pay has been hiked from Rs 10,000 to Rs 18, 000 and Rs 28, 000 depending on the services and the salary of technicians are increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 -30,000, he said.
The Cancer Centre at Guntur Government Hospital will be the first comprehensive Cancer Care facility in public sector and with the inauguration of the Centre the State will have seats one each in Oncology and one in Radiology, the Chief Minister said.
He lauded the Natco Trust CMD Nannapaneni Venkaiah Choudary and his team who were present at the inauguration function at CM Camp Office. He said that such initiatives will help in bringing cancer cure nearer to the poor.
A similar unit will be built at Kurnool hospital and it may be operational in one year time, he said.
Aarogyasri will be extended to six districts from July 8 and will cover the entire state by November and the number of procedures will be increased to 2059, the Chief Minister said.