Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, 2 May 2023: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the health department officials that there should not be a single vacancy anywhere in the government hospitals during the review meeting at his camp office in Tadepalli on Monday.
“There should be a regular audit in government hospitals regarding staff vacancies. It should be conducted from village clinics to teaching hospitals. Doctors, nurses, and other staff retiring soon should be identified using the AI and take steps to replace them immediately,” said Chief Minister Jagan.
The Chief Minister also noted that if there is enough staff in the clinic and hospitals, half of the problems can be solved, and the rest on good infrastructure and availability of medicines.
Chief Minister also directed the officials to present the staff details including pending and upcoming vacancies in the department in the next review meetings.
The officials also briefed the Chief Minister on the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state and said that number of people receiving treatment in hospitals is only 24. Further, a fever survey was conducted across the state, and a small number of people with symptoms were identified, tested, and treated.
Regarding the family doctor program, the officials said that 20,25,903 people benefited between April 6 and 28 after the implementation of the program across the state.
“Through the family doctor, which provides services in 10,032 villages, 4,43,232 people were identified to be suffering from both diabetes and hypertension. 4,86,903 people suffering from hypertension and 2,70,818 from diabetes. 4,649 people suffering from oral cancer, 1761 people from breast cancer, and 7042 people from cervical cancer were screened, and further treatments in nearby hospitals were recommended,” said the officials.
The Chief Minister directed the officials that each village should be notified in advance regarding the doctor’s visit with the help of Asha workers and ANMs. He also asked them to do eye tests regularly and provide glasses to the people.
Regarding the prevention of anemia and malnutrition, the Chief Minister directed the officials to take appropriate measures through village clinics and pay special attention to provide nutritious food to pregnant women.
“Prepare a special curriculum to make Community Health Officers well-trained in their duties. CHOs should be trained at teaching hospitals on basic oral healthcare, ENT problems, CPR, etc. They should be trained to provide immediate treatment for snake bites,” said the Chief Minister.
While reviewing the works of newly constructed medical colleges, hospitals, area hospitals, and CHCs, officials said that additional 2100 MBBS seats would be available in the state. “These are in addition to the existing 2185 medical seats in the state,” said the officials.