Udupi, Feb 10, 2024: Health and Family Welfare Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao emphasized the need for significant progress in delivering quality healthcare services to the public, urging health officers and staff in the district to set a benchmark.
He was speaking at the review meeting of the health department in Udupi today.
“The government’s commitment to improving public health is evident through the implementation of various schemes and programs. Efforts are underway to enhance the distribution system of medicines, ensuring free access to patients. Additionally, each taluk has received new ambulances (108), with plans for further improvements and the establishment of a helpline,” the Minister said.
Addressing the concern of endosulfan patients, he proposed the establishment of Care Centers through public-private partnerships or government initiatives. Steps will also be taken to provide necessary machinery and vehicles for tuberculosis control and treatment management in the district. District Health and Family Welfare Officers have been instructed to temporarily deploy additional doctors, including specialists, at community health centers.
Acknowledging the vacancies in laboratory officer and nurse positions, Rao assured that the ongoing process of filling 800 posts at the state level would soon be completed, with the appointed staff deployed in the district. He emphasized the importance of ensuring healthcare services for Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka beneficiaries and urged hospitals to prioritize life-saving treatment in emergencies, warning of consequences under the concerned act if violated.
Udupi MLA Yashpal A Suvarna emphasized the need for financial support to maintain the mother and child hospital in the city, advocated for the upgrade of the community health center in Brahmavar, and called for the provision of drivers to operate the vacant ambulance.
Byndoor MLA Gururaj Shetty Gantihole expressed the necessity to enhance the taluk-level hospital in Byndoor and urged for the upgrading of primary health centers in Kollur and Siddapura. Additionally, he recommended the establishment of dialysis units for the existing hospital in Byndoor.
Kundapur MLA Kiran Kumar Kodgi, Deputy Commissioner Dr K Vidya Kumari, ZP CEO Prateek Bayal, Health and Family Welfare Department Commissioner D Randeep and other officials were present.