Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Sri. N Kiran Kumar Reddy today asked the A.P. Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC) to position the doctors and stock the medicines in all the Government hospitals and health centres by the end of November. He said the pilot scheme of Universal access to medicines and surgicals in all probability will start in December, 2011 in the three districts of the three regions of the State.
The Chief Minister said everything should be in place before the scheme is launched in the three districts. Once it is successfully implemented these three districts, it would be extended to other districts and the whole State in phases.
The Chief Minister reviewed in detail the progress of the scheme with the Minister for Health, Dr D L Ravindra Reddy and other top officials. Chief Secretary Sri Pankaj Dwivedi, Special Chief Secretary, Health, Sri. G Sudhir, Principal Secretary, Health, Sri. K R Kishore, Commissioner, Health, Smt. Srilakshmi, Principal Secretary to CM, Sri Binoy Kumar, Director, Medical and Health Services and other officials attended the meeting. The Purpose of the scheme envisaged by the Chief Minister is to ensure 100% availability of Medicines and Surgicals in all Government Hospitals and facilities to all the patients.
All the medicines and surgicals will be provided free of cost to any patient taking treatment in a Government Hospitals and no patient is required to go to a private pharmacy to procure any medicine or surgical item. Components of the scheme are ensuring 100% availability of medicines and surgicals by APMSIDC. Making available the earmarked Budget at district level for local purchase to take care of emergency requirement.
Rational prescription and use of drugs and IEC on the whole scheme. Weekly monitoring of stock position up to the Institution level through a technology solution. For the three pilot districts, budget for medicines and surgicals has been adequately increased. (Estimated requirements are Rs.42.45 crores for medicines and Rs.7.24 crores for surgicals for three Districts) Fund for the scheme is adjusted from the enhanced budget. Vacancies of Doctors and Pharmacists will be filled up on contract basis by HODs before launching of the programme. Already fund for 2 Quarters released as per old budget only. 3rd Quarter fund will be released after receipt of 3rd quarter budget. Success of the programme depends on receipt of enhanced budget as we need to release it to these districts on time.