Fresh breath for health in Telangana Budget

Fresh breath for health in Telangana Budget
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The public health sector is all set for a major overhaul this year in Telangana as the state medical and health department received the third highest fund allocation after Irrigation and Panchayat Raj departments in the 2016-17 Budget, which was presented by Finance Minister Eatala Rajender in the Assembly on Monday.  

Hyderabad: The public health sector is all set for a major overhaul this year in Telangana as the state medical and health department received the third highest fund allocation after Irrigation and Panchayat Raj departments in the 2016-17 Budget, which was presented by Finance Minister Eatala Rajender in the Assembly on Monday.

  • Total outlay for health 5,967 crore
  • 4 new multispecialty hospitals to come up in Hyd
  • Warangal MGM to become superspecialty hospital
  • Modern hospitals to come up in Karimnagar, Khammam

Focusing on stabilisation, standardisation and consolidation of medical and health services in the state, the government allocated Rs 5,967 crore as against Rs 4,932 crore last year for the health sector. To meet the growing needs of the healthcare sector, it has been proposed to establish four new multi-specialty hospitals in Hyderabad in addition to Osmania, Gandhi and King Koti hospitals with the assistance of Rabo Bank of Netherlands on annuity basis.

It has also been proposed to upgrade MGM hospital into a super specialty hospital in Warangal and set up modern hospitals in Khammam and Karimnagar districts. To make available advanced medical facilities, Rs 600 crore would be spent for purchase of equipment and another Rs 316 crore for diagnostic equipment, replacement of old beds and carrying out repairs to civil works.

The Finance Minister said that about 40 dialysis and 40 diagnostic centres would be established this year. A substantial increase in the provision for the purchase of drugs, surgical and disposals has been proposed from Rs 117 crore in 2015 to Rs 225 crore in the new financial year.

A team led by Health Minister C Laxma Reddy has already visited Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka where they have studied the best health services offered to the poor. "These will be adopted in Telangana soon," he said.“At present, even poor patients hesitate taking treatment in government hospitals.

We want to change this so that the poor on their own prefer government to private hospitals,” said Rajendar and added that suitable powers would also be delegated to superintendents of hospitals to streamline the hospital administration. An amount of Rs 56 crore would be provided to the heads of Directorate of Health, Vidya Vidhana Parishad and Medical Education to meet emergent needs.

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