Andhra Pradesh

CM reviews health scenario in tribal belt

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu conducted a video conference with the Collectors and Project Officers of the seven Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs) here on Tuesday. Minister for Health Kamineni Srinivas was present.

The meeting was held against the backdrop of the Chaparayi incident in which 16 persons died after consuming contaminated water.

Mr. Naidu asked the officials to spread awareness among the tribal population about health habits and hygiene.He announced ₹105 crore would be released to meet the drinking water needs of the ITDAs.

A report on the current number of medical officers, para-medical officers, nursing staff and the status of health facilities was presented to him. Out of 31 sanctioned positions for gynaecologists, 15 were vacant. Likewise, 18 out of 23 positions for anaesthetists and 15 out of 23 positions for paediatricians were vacant.

‘Recruit more personnel’

Health Medical and Family Welfare Department Principal Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah was asked to recruit more nursing staff, medical and para-medical officers immediately.

East Godavari District Collector Kartikeya Mishra told Mr.Naidu that six new teams had been brought into the field for emergency medical services.

The Chief Minister said a teleconference would be held on June 30 to follow up the situation.

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