Andhra Pradesh will soon have access to hundreds of health care drugs on the touch of a button. Health ATMs will soon be planned that will be set across the entire state to provide healthcare effortlessly. Health ATMs are popular in the western countries and AP will become one of the firsts to implement the same in India.
CM Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu has recently directed the officials of Medical & Health Department to go ahead and set up 100 ‘health ATMs’ in the State on a pilot basis. These health ATMs will stock drugs and other health essentials. The number of health ATM’s will be later contemplated on increasing going by the response with the first batch. Mr. Naidu confirmed the update at a departmental review meeting on Sunday.
The Chief Minister stated that his government will also offer incentives for medical equipment manufacturers, enabling them to set up units in the State. He is looking forward to a meeting the respective industry representatives on the subject.
Furthermore, Mr Naidu suggested the officials to study the functioning of ‘ultra-sonology centres’ that have been incorporated in Tamil Nadu lately. His plan will be to possibly replicate the same technology for AP.
He said that the CT scanning which will be made available in each district headquarters hospital should be optimally utilised and all tests have to be conducted at affordable rates for the citizenns from January 1, 2016 onwards.
He observed that diagnosis accounted for nearly 40 per cent of the total medical expenditure incurred by people, who are not financially well equipped to bear that burden.
Mr. Naidu echoed that the existing medical equipment costing nearly Rs. 480 crore in government hospitals was still not being fully utilized. He said that necessary action should be taken at the earliest.