Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to provide medical services in remote and tribal areas through bikes, besides establishing a maternity center in every district, and implement YSR Kanti Velugu for college students besides carrying out health tests to all starting with school children.

During a review meeting of the Medical and Health Department here on Friday, he asked the officials to start all the development and renovation works in the community hospitals, area hospitals, and district hospitals from December 2019 and complete the work by December 2020. Health hub centre works will start from May 2020.

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.

The government approved to start Aarogyasri services from November 1 in 150 hospitals at Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai. The government is also set to buy new vehicles for 108 and 104 and Aarogyasri cards will be given from December 21. Sanitary workers’ pay in hospitals would be hiked to Rs 16,000.

The state will provide financial assistance of Rs 5000 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. He 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.

He told the officials to include four more diseases in the Rs 5,000 pension category from January 1. People who are confined to a wheelchair with severe paralysis, those who do not have legs or arms, or have dysfunction, and those who are unable to work due to muscular atrophy.

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 Chief Minister instructed the officials to include dengue and Seasonal diseases in the services.

He is keen on removing alcohol shops on national highways. ‘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.

He instructed the officials to start the job recruitment process from January in the health Department.

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