Saturday , October 11, 2008
Rain had played spoilsport on the last two occasions
VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will launch Rajiv Arogyasri scheme at a mega health camp here at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Municipal Stadium on September 27.
This is third time that the officials are making arrangements for the launch of the Rajiv Arogyayasri programme in the city. On the last two occasions, the programme was put off due to heavy rains.
The officials are making arrangements for 50 screening counters where 10,000 to 15,000 patients can be diagnosed and a total crowd of about 30,000 can be handled. About 50 network hospitals across the State will take part in the camp, said K.L.V. Prasad, district coordinator of Rajiv Arogyasri, on Tuesday.
Mr. Prasad said that the Chief Minister would interact with about half a dozen patients, who availed themselves of the facilities under Rajiv Arogyasri scheme, and with an equal number of patients identified under the scheme, at the venue. The State government has identified as many as 19 corporate hospitals in the city for offering services to the patients under Rajiv Arogyasri. The government is organising camps at various places in the district. Hence, the number of patients turning up at the camp is likely to be less this time.
Deputy Mayor Samanthapudi Narasaraju said that the patients could get treatment for 126 types of ailments and surgeries. Surgeries for different types of ailments costing less than Rs. 2 lakhs each would be conducted at the corporate hospitals, he said, adding: “people should avail themselves of the benefits of the scheme.”Special counter
A special counter would be opened at these hospitals for the patients referred under the scheme. In addition, a special ward would be dedicated for the patients in these hospitals. Nearly 4,000 patients enrolled their names to make use of the corporate health care, which had hitherto been confined only to the rich, he said.
The Chief Minister, on September 27, would arrive at Tummalapalem in Krishna district at 11 a.m. and unveil a statue of deceased MLA Chanamolu Venkat Rao. Later, he will address a public meeting at Ferry, and proceed to Ajit Singh Nagar to inaugurate the health camp. The Chief Minister is likely to distribute loans to self-help groups (SHGs) at the stadium. The Chief Minister would inaugurate a newly constructed building at the industrial estate of Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP) at Surampalli near here. Dr. Reddy would proceed to Nuzvid to attend a programme at IIIT and lay a foundation stone each for a drinking water scheme and Rajiv Swagruha houses, officials said.