Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the 'YSR Kanti Velugu' welfare programme at Anantapur on the occasion of 'World Sight Day' on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister also announced that new health cards pertaining to the ArogyaSri scheme would be issued from December 1. He also promised that the ArogyaSri will also apply when the billing was more than Rs 1000 for any health issue.
He explained that nearly two thousand types of diseases would be included in the health care scheme in future. Similarly, from November 1 onwards, the ArogyaSri healthcare scheme will be applied to the underprivileged in 150 selected hospitals in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
Speaking at the YSR Kanti Velugu launch Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said said that over 70 lakh students of more than 62,000 government and private schools will be covered in the first two phases. He said that the programme would prove a boon to the entire population as an estimated 2.12 crore people were suffering from eye-related problems. "If the problems are not detected in time and necessary measures are not taken to address them, they could lead to total blindness," said YS Jagan.
YS Jagan also announced that the Government would soon launch 432 new 108-ambulance vehicles. Similarly, 676 new 104 vehicles will be available soon, he said. New medical colleges will be set up in backward areas, he promised.
As a part of health reforms, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government decided to implement the YSR Kanti Velugu programme to provide cashless comprehensive primary, secondary and tertiary quality eye care services to the state's entire population. The programme, to be implemented in six phases over the next three years, is estimated to cost about Rs 560.88 crore.