Stringent action on Private Hospitals against fleecing patients: CM Jagan


Stating that Covid-19 patients should be looked after well, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday warned hospitals demanding more than the government-stipulated charges for treatment of severe action. During the review meeting on the Spandana program here on Tuesday along with district collectors and SPs, the Chief Minister said that Covid-19 patients should be looked after on humanitarian grounds.

Jagan expressed satisfaction that the state stands first in conducting Covid-19 tests while emphasizing that the most vulnerable can be saved if tests are conducted in clusters rapidly. “Early detection of Covid-19 positive cases can help get proper treatment and also patients can be sent home for quarantine,” the Chief Minister said, asking the district Collectors to speed up the process of identifying infections so that the patients can be cured and discharged at the earliest.

The Chief Minister directed the collectors to increase scrutiny over Covid-19 hospitals so that testing the patients is speeded up and ensure that patients get beds within half-an-hour of reaching the hospital. He said the top priority should be given to 104, 14410, and other call centers where calls are received from the patients and the collectors monitor their functioning regularly. Jagan said the help desks at the hospitals should function like eyes and ears to the collectors.

The Chief Minister said that all the Covid-19 hospitals should be fully equipped with oxygen and other paraphernalia for the treatment of patients and accordingly the hospitals should be given ratings. He said all the hospitals should maintain quality in services and they should also have CC cameras to monitor their day-to-day functioning. “Ward, village volunteers and Mandal-level committees should monitor whether the hospitals have the proper equipment to face any fire mishap,” the Chief Minister said, adding that lessons should be learned from the recent fire mishap at a COVID Care Centre in Vijayawada.

Aarogyasri Help desks should be created at Public Health Centers (PHC), Community Health Centers(CHC) and area hospitals and Arogya Mitra posts will be created to monitor the situation. Jagan said every effort should be made to treat all Aarogyasri patients on humanitarian grounds and if the hospital doesn’t have the expertise to treat the patient, an ambulance should be provided to take him to the nearest hospital that does treatment. The Chief Minister said that the Arogya Asara scheme should also be strengthened and implemented earnestly by giving the patient Rs 225 daily or Rs 5,000 at the time of leaving in a month.

To ensure continuous treatment without any hassles, more doctors and nurses will be appointed in Covid-19 designated hospitals. Reviewing the flood situation, the Chief Minister said by God’s Grace, the flood situation in Godavari river has eased and said that the inflows were less than 10 lakh cusecs. Even the flood situation in Krishna river has eased and at Srisailam officials have started closing the crest gates. Also, estimation for the crop loss will be done before the 7th of September. A plan should be prepared by September 7 to pay additional compensation of Rs 2,000 each to the victims of Godavari floods, the Chief Minister said.

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