Andhra Pradesh adds 754 new procedures to Aarogyasri scheme

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Under the direction of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh health department included 754 new Aarogyasri procedures in the insurance scheme on August 17.

At a review meeting held in the camp office at Tadepalli on August 17, officials informed the Chief Minister about the new procedures.

“With the new additions, the number of procedures covered under the scheme has increased to 3,118 after the exclusion of some procedures recommended by the committee,” said the health department officials.

One special officer to solely monitor the projects

While reviewing the construction and renovation of village clinics and Primary Health Centres (PHCs), the Chief Minister directed officials to appoint one special officer to solely monitor the projects. The officer would be in charge of overseeing the projects as well as ensuring the availability of doctors and ambulances in all facilities. “If the officer does his job well, the family doctor scheme will run smoothly,” said the Chief Minister.

Reddy also reviewed the state’s COVID situation and directed officials to raise public awareness about the need to take the precautionary dose.

The Chief Minister also proposed that students pursuing medicine under government seats should mandatorily go through community service for one year. “Prepare a framework to implement the community service,” said Jagan Mohan Reddy.

One dean would take care of management

He also directed the officials to connect all the village clinics and centres to the district teaching hospital. “It will function as a parent body for all the PHCs, CHCs, and village clinics. In the district hospital, a system has to be created where one dean would take care of the management of the district teaching hospital and the other dean to administer the rest of the health facilities in the district,” said Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also directed that a district teaching hospital be established in the Parvathipuram Manyam district. During the meeting, officials also requested that the name of mid-level health providers (MLPs) be changed to Community Health Officers.

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