Running the new super specialities hospitals and such new wings in the existing Government hospitals is being studied for its viability, Minister for Arogya Sri Pithani Satyanarayana said at a press conference here on Friday.

He said so while answering a question whether the PPP method introduced for the haemodialysis machines installed in the new Super Specialities block of King George Hospital here for the Arogya Sri beneficiaries (which were inaugurated by him later) would be an indication that all super specialities treatment in the State would be under PPP method in future.

The new SS block in KGH, the Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) being constructed in the city and the super speciality hospital to come up near Mangalagiri in Krishna district would be under PPP method, Mr. Satyanarayana said.

The Government would also examine the possibility of non-Arogya Sri patients too getting the benefit of dialysis units being installed in the Government General Hospitals, he said.

On the maintenance haemodialysis treatment for the patients suffering from the chronic kidney diseases, under Arogya Sri, the Minister said that 111 dialysis units would be established at the 11 Government General Hospitals and NIMS by December 15 to provide a great relief to the poor patients and extend their life span. Former Chief Minister the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy wanted the facility to be included in the Arogya Sri health insurance scheme. There was always waiting list even in the private and Government hospitals for undergoing dialysis, though it was an expensive affair.

It is for the first time in the country that the facility was being provided to the poor patients and B-Braun Co. of Germany is the private partner. The Government has created infrastructure like buildings wherever needed, water and power by spending Rs. 5 cores and provided nephrologists and support staff while the German company would provide the dialysis machines, technicians, etc.

While 10 machines were installed in KGH, 18 at Gandhi General Hospital and 15 at Osmania General Hospital were provided. In due course of time, MGM Hospital, Warangal; GGH, Kakinada and SVRRGH, Tirupati would get six machines each and GGHs at Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool, NIMS and SVIMS (Tirupati) 10 each.

It was decided to hand over the maintenance of the machines to a private company since the maintenance aspect was a difficult task for the Government, the Minister explained.

The private company would charge Rs. 1,080 for each dialysis and the amount would be paid under Arogya Sri scheme.

On swine flu, Mr. Satyanarayana said the incidence of fever had come down because there was better awareness among the people now, the Minister said.

Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju, Mayor P. Janardhana Rao, MLA Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao, CEO of Arogya Sri Trust A. Babu and others were present.

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