Ayush Pushti supplements are aimed at countering child malnutrition
Health Minister U.T. Khader said the government will distribute nutritious ‘Ayush Pushti’ biscuits to Anganwadi children in Badami taluk of Bagalkot district on a pilot basis.
Talking to presspersons here on Tuesday, he said the programme, which was aimed at tackling malnourishment among children, would be launched within a day or two in Badami.
He said the decision to supply nutritious biscuits to children aimed at making the children healthy and immune to diseases.
The government has ensured that these biscuits undergo rigorous tests before they reach the children, he said.
“Based on the success of the scheme, it would be extended to other parts of the State in a phased manner,” he said.
Mr. Khader said the government also plans to extend the Vajpayee Arogya Shree health scheme to the people in the Above Poverty Line (APL) category.
He said the proposal was awaiting approval of the Finance Department, adding that it was important for the benefits of such schemes to be given to the APL also.
“It is common knowledge that medical expenditure on critical ailments such as heart operation proves heavy even for middle-class people. After bearing exorbitant medical expenditure on such critical operations, even an APL person becomes BPL. In order to help such people, the government is planning to extend the facility even to the APL category,” the Minister said.
Mr. Khader said that one generic drug stone would be set up in each taluk of the district where poor people could buy medicines. He clarified that no decision had been taken whether to supply such medicines free or at a nominal cost.
The Minister said to add more ambulances under 108 Arogya Kavacha scheme, 94 new ambulances would be purchased by the government. Besides this, the Union government has agreed to grant 150 more ambulances to the State, raising the total to 750 ambulances in the State under the scheme, he said.
“If we get more ambulances, we can have one ambulance for each 70,000 people, instead of the present system where one ambulance is provided for one lakh population,” Mr. Khader said.