Minister Kamineni loses cool

Minister Kamineni loses cool
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In response to the Minister, who sought the peoples’ representative to involve themselves to ensure better functioning of the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) at a function held for laying foundation stone for the construction of a new building to replace the existing old PHC in Renigunta near here, local TDP ZPTC member Leelavathi went on complaining about the doctors, who she said was not respondin

Tirupati: A women ZPTC member Leelavathi tested the patience of Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas by going on complaining against the doctors and lack of facilities in government hospitals affecting the poor people in Renigunta area which ultimately saw the Minister almost throwing the mike he was holding on the table, on Tuesday much to the surprise of officials and ruling party leaders including Environment and Forests Minister B Gopalakrishna Reddy.

In response to the Minister, who sought the peoples’ representative to involve themselves to ensure better functioning of the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) at a function held for laying foundation stone for the construction of a new building to replace the existing old PHC in Renigunta near here, local TDP ZPTC member Leelavathi went on complaining about the doctors, who she said was not responding even to emergency calls and also not attending duties properly.

Despite the Minister repeated assurance to look into the issues and suggesting her that she should have first taken it to the local MLA, who is also Minister Gopalakrishna Reddy instead of publicly airing her views on the hospitals.

But, the woman not contended, continued berating the hospital staff which provoked the Minister to fiercely hurl the mike on the table which had its effect on the woman ZPTC who resumed her seat.

The Minister speaking after laying foundation stone for Rs 1.18 crore new building explained the government efforts to improve rural health facilities by strengthening the PHCs. Earlier, the Minister inaugurated the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Institute of Pregnant Women building and also attended organ donation pledge programme at SVIMS.

Speaking on the occasion, SVIMS Director-cum-Vice- Chancellor TS Ravikumar said that the NICU was to support government efforts to bring down Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).

He said latest equipments including for resuscitation maintenance of thermoneutral environment, intravenous infusion, garage feeding, photo-therapy and exchange transfusion made available in intermediate level of NICU.

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