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emerged as the Health and Medical Capital of the
The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy underscored the need to make
quality healthcare affordable to the people. He said the technological
advancement should help quality medicare available to the poor and needy
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy recalled the statement of US President Obama a couple
of days ago about US people going to India for affordable healthcare and
said it is good that at last people from countries like USA and UK are
coming to India for affordable treatment. He was speaking as Chief Guest
at the Conference on "Transforming Healthcare with Information Technology
(IT)" and International Congress on Patient Safety at HICC, Hyderabad.
The Chief Minister said that Hyderabad has emerged as the Health and
Medical Capital of the country with maximum number of Super
Multi-specialty hospitals. Hyderabad is also the pharma capital of the
country with the highest number of pharmaceutical companies and bulk drug
manufacturers. "It is a well known fact that the Governments across the
globe are grappling with a range of healthcare challenges like
affordability, quality of care, equity of access, patient safety,
rural-urban, rural-tribal divide, demand-supply gap of skilled work force,
etc. and our State is no exception", he said.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that with the advent of IT and IT Enabled
Services, Healthcare is undergoing tremendous transformation. He said that
ICT applications extend across the spectrum of healthcare from diagnosis
and treatment to monitoring and evaluation. IT influence is growing by the
day and there is amazing impact of Tele-Medicine and Tele-Surgery, etc.
"In order to address the current and emerging challenges, in Andhra
Pradesh, we have chalked out a comprehensive and integrated strategy to
provide affordable, equitable and quality healthcare to all citizens that
include harmonious blend of public and private sectors. Our objective is
to harness the advances in the IT sector to accelerate the transformation
process in the health sector", he said.
The Chief Minister said the State Government is modernizing the ICT
infrastructure of all hospitals and health centres in the State from
primary health centres to the advanced super-speciality hospitals. He said
the widely popular Arogyasri scheme has made extensive use of IT
applications. "Recently we have introduced IT applications for real time
monitoring of the supply and utilisation of medicines and equipment in all
hospitals and health centres across the State.
The Chief Minister explained about the Unique Arogyasri scheme launched in
the State for providing quality healthcare and surgeries in the Government
and private multi-super specialty hospitals free to the poorest of the
poor and low income people. He said so far 9,92,000 operations were
conducted free for the people under Arogyasri scheme and we are going to
touch the one million mark soon.
The Government has so far spent Rs.2,800 crs. towards the Arogyasri scheme
which was started three years ago. Our objective is to see that poor
people get free quality healthcare. We are also trying our best to
increase the share of Government hospitals from the present 22% to 40% in
Arogyasri scheme. The Chief Minister also explained the fool-proof online
process in treatment being provided to the patients.
The Chief Minister also said that the Government is trying to bring down
the cost of drugs through generic medicines by making it available in all
medical shops. He also briefly mentioned about the 108 free emergency
ambulance services and 104 fixed day health clinic scheme where 40,000 and
30,000 calls are being received on an average everyday.
He hoped that the detailed sessions on ICT enabled innovation in
Healthcare delivery, successfully implementing healthcare IT, Role of ICT
in Healthcare etc. by the experts and specialists will deliberate on
Transforming Rural Health in India by IT and their deliberations will
throw further light on the use of ICT in healthcare and would provide more
suggestions on how to ensure better quality healthcare to the poor and the
The Chief Minister lauded the services of Padma Vibhushan Pratap C Reddy,
Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, in taking quality healthcare and medical
services to the doorsteps of the people. He said Dr Pratap C Reddy made
not only the State but the country proud through his yeomen services.
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