Now, JAS camps to be conducted in every ward secretariat, UHC
PNS | Visakhapatnam
Health Minister Vidadala Rajini inaugurated a crucial campaign, marking the commencement of medical camps in every ward secretariat at Bikkannapalem in the district on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that to enhance healthcare services in the State, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had approved the implementation of medical camps in every ward secretariat as part of the ‘Jagananna Arogya Suraksha’ programme. The primary objective is to deliver essential healthcare services to the citizens of the state, with particular emphasis on those residing in rural and underserved regions.
Minister Rajini revealed that the initial plan was to organise 10,574 medical camps statewide. However, due to an overwhelming demand and a highly positive public response, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed an expansion of the initiative. Consequently, these medical camps will now be conducted not only in ward secretariats but also in primary urban health centres within urban areas, effectively increasing the total number of medical camps to around 15,000.
Highlighting the programme’s early success, the Health Minister reported that 23.78 lakh OP (Outpatient) services were registered by the 13th of the month. In the first 14 days of operation, 6,334 medical camps have been conducted, providing crucial medical care to over 52,000 individuals who will subsequently be referred to larger hospitals for further treatment, all of which will be provided free of charge.
One of the standout aspects of these medical camps is the participation of specialist doctors who offer free consultations, medications, and diagnostic tests to patients. Besides free tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, and hemoglobin levels, an additional three tests are carried out with patient consent, offering a total of seven types of tests. These camps also dispense over 100 different types of medicines to address various medical needs.
Minister Rajini acknowledged the success of the Aarogyasri programme, crediting it to the visionary leadership of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. She contrasted the programme’s expansion during the TDP regime, which encompassed 919 hospitals, with the current administration’s efforts to broaden the reach to 2,360 hospitals. Furthermore, the number of treatments offered under Aarogyasri has surged from 1,059 to an impressive 3,257 under the current leadership.
The event at Bakkannapalem saw the presence of local MLA Avanti Srinivasa Rao, public representatives, and officials from local organisations, underscoring the collaborative endeavor and community involvement that underpins this groundbreaking healthcare initiative.