On Friday, October 18, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to provide medical services in remote and tribal areas of the state through bikes. During a review meeting of the Medical and Health Department, the Chief Minister asked the officials to complete all the development and renovation work in the community hospitals, area hospitals, and district hospitals by December 2020. He has also directed officials to establish a maternity centre in every district.
"He instructed the officials to extend YSR Kanti Velugu program to college students and the preliminary round should be completed within a month. Like Kanti Velugu, all the health tests should be done to the people starting from school students," an official release from Chief Minister's Office said. Jagan Mohan Reddy ordered the officials to include Thalassemia, Haemophilia, Sickle cell anaemia patients under the financial aid of Rs 10,000 that is being provided to kidney patients.
"The state will provide financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 per month or Rs. 225 every day from December 1 as a post-surgery allowance till the date of recovery as recommended by the medical doctor," the release said. Reddy told the officials to include four more diseases in the Rs. 5,000 pension category from January 1. The CM instructed the officials to include dengue and seasonal diseases in the services.
As a pilot project, from January 1, about 2,000 diseases will be added to the Aarogyasri services in West Godavari district and 1200 diseases in the remaining districts, the release said. He has also asked officials to prepare a plan for treatment of road accident victims. "The road accident victims should get services in the hospital instead of waiting for the money. Prepare a plan so that some amount can be paid on behalf of the government," he said.
On Monday, October 14, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government announced that 7 lakh more beneficiaries would be added under the YSR Pension scheme from January 2020. It also promised to make the women self-help groups (Podupu Sangams) debt-free. The Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy confirmed this at a review meeting on District Rural Development Agency Project Directors held at the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) office in Vijayawada. Furthermore, he stated that the loans of the Podupu Sangams would be waived off.
(With ANI inputs)