‘One dialysis centre each in all taluks planned’

U.T. Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, has said that generic drug centres will be established in select primary health centres across the State by December-end.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday late evening, Mr. Khader said that a generic drug centre each in select primary health centres and a dialysis centre each in every taluk would be established.

Referring to reports of high infant mortality rate in the Hyderabad Karnataka region, he said the officials concerned had been instructed to visit every house in their jurisdiction and prepare a detailed report. Based on the number of such cases and the reasons for high infant mortality rate, a comprehensive plan could be drawn up to curb it, he said.

Blaming what he termed mismanagement of solid waste disposal in cities for outbreak of diseases, including dengue, Mr. Khader said that chief executive officers of zilla panchayats, executive officers of taluk panchayats and officials of city corporations and city municipal councils had been instructed to take extra care. “We will recruit a special nurse in each primary health centre, exclusively for dealing with epidemics,” he said.

To a question, he agreed that the 108 ambulances in many places were defunct and their service was in worst condition.

The issue would be addressed shortly. The World Health Organisation had offered financial assistance for buying 150 more ambulances, Mr. Khader said.


Earlier, during a meeting of the Health Department to review the progress of various schemes, the officials concerned informed the Minister that the shortage of doctors had hampered the functioning of hospitals and primary health centres.

Mr. Khader suggested that services of private medical professionals could be utilised to tide over the situation. “We cannot do magic, when there is insufficient manpower. Recruit doctors for vacant posts on a priority basis. Hire private doctors on hourly or daily basis till the vacant posts are filled,” he said.

The Minister instructed the district and taluk level officers to visit primary health centres at regular intervals, keep in touch with elected representatives and find out solutions to the issues affecting the common people.

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