Ration cards are meant only for foodgrains, kerosene

There was a great deal of debate on whether or not to give free treatment to below the poverty line ration card-holders at the Chigateri General Hospital. It was finally decided that the prescribed charges should be collected from all.

S.A. Ravindranath, Minister for Horticulture and in charge of the district, who chaired the Arogya Raksha Samiti meeting here, directed the authorities of the hospital to collect the prescribed charges from everyone, irrespective of whether they were poor or rich. However, he urged the hospital authorities to ensure quality treatment.

Mr. Ravindranath said that the Government had recently issued a circular stating that below the poverty line ration cards were meant only for providing foodgrains and kerosene at subsidised rates and not free health services.

‘Do not delay'

However, he told the hospital authorities not to delay treatment of any patient. If some poor people could not afford to pay the charges, free treatment could be given to them on humanitarian grounds, he said. Earlier, District Surgeon Parashuram told the meeting that some poor people having below the poverty line ration cards had demanded free treatment at the hospital.

Trauma care centre

A huge building had been constructed for the trauma care centre at the hospital at a cost of Rs.78.92 lakh and the Union Government had provided an anaesthesia work station and a defibrillator, Dr. Parashuram said.

Mr. Ravindranath said that the existing quarters for doctors and nurses on the hospital premises were old and in poor condition and asked officials to send a proposal to the Government to build new ones.

Fee hike

Dr. Parashuram said that the clinical fees for MBBS students had been increased to Rs. 32,000 from the previous Rs. 9,000, for postgraduate course to Rs. 1.1 lakh from Rs. 25,000, for diploma courses to Rs.1.3 lakh from Rs. 25,000 and nursing to Rs. 25,000 from Rs. 1,000.

Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, Chief Executive Officer of the Davangere Zilla Panchayath Guthi Jamboonath and Commissioner of city corporation Prasanna Kumar were present.

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