The government will set up a cell in the State to monitor the functioning and repair of all equipment in primary and community health centres, and taluk, district and State-level hospitals soon. Malfunctioning equipment would be got repaired only through companies that manufactured it.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader said that the equipment monitoring cell would get defunct equipment repaired in 24 hours.

He said that the government is thinking of formulating a general health insurance scheme for above poverty line families in the State. The government would reimburse bills for surgeries.

Under the Arogya Kavacha scheme of the government, a decision has been taken to extend the State-run 108 ambulance coverage beyond 80 km.