Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi on Friday said that the Union Health Ministry would extend all support to the State Government in its fight against dengue, chikungunya and such viral fevers.

She said that the State Government had sought funds to the tune of Rs. 50 crores, which would be released in a phased manner.

Speaking to reporters during her visit to the district, Ms. Lakshmi said that the public should be very careful in keeping their surroundings clean and hygienic so that the problem of fevers would not arise to a large extent. She felt that women had a greater role in the prevention of fevers.

At a meeting held at Ekalavyanagar in the city, the Union Minister listed out various schemes being implemented by the Centre to provide better healthcare to the poor. She asserted that the Government was fulfilling all promises made to people. She said that best services were being rendered to the poor under the National Rural Health Mission.

Ms. Lakshmi said that the primary health centre at Kankipadu had been converted into a 24-hour hospital and this would be of better use for the people of the area.

Additional services by a gynaecologist, a paediatrician and an anaesthetist would greatly benefit the people there.

The Minister pointed out that the incentive for poor rural women giving birth to babies had been increased from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,400.

The financial assistance would also be extended to urban poor women and an amount of Rs. 600 was being considered for them.

Ms. Lakshmi said health and hygiene had a key role in strengthening the women empowerment programmes and women should face the situation with confidence.

She inaugurated an operation theatre at Sk. Raja Saheb Maternity Hospital, Kothapet.