Fourth Additional District & Sessions Judge P Kalyan Rao has directed the DM&HO, Dr B Bhanu Prakash, to ensure strict compliance of rules in force by private hospitals to improve healthcare services in the district, particularly in the rural areas.

The judge had issued a bailable warrant against the DM&HO on June 12 this year for not appearing as a witness to give evidence in connection with a case. Meanwhile, the DM&HO appeared in the court here on Tuesday in compliance with the directions.

The judge asked the DM&HO to strictly enforce the A P Allopathic Private Medical Care Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act for display of registration numbers and compliance of other mandatory stipulations by private hospitals in the district. He referred to the mandatory obligation on the part of all hospitals, including public and private hospitals, to provide first aid or medical treatment free of cost to needy people in adherence to the stipulated rules.