Thiruvananthapuram : Compassionate medical services shall be ensured at all hospitals in the state, said Health Minister Veena George. Several developmental projects were carried out during the tenure of last government under Ardram Mission. Projects have been initiated to bring about enormous infrastructural expansions in the health sector in next five years, the minister said.
Alongside infrastructural facilities, it also becomes a respobsibility to ensure quality services and expert treatment.. Like the word Ardram(compassion) signifies, it is important that every patient approaching the hospital is treated with compassion, the minister said. Projects to the tune of Rs 16.69 were inaugurated across 158 health establishments under the government’s 100-Day Task Programme, the minister said.
Contagious diseases alongside Covid is getting to be a challenge. Covid deaths are mostly seen among people with lifestyle diseases and related health conditions. Over 60 percent of Covid deaths are reported from this category. It is important that we bring down levels of lifestyle illnesses. The effort toward this should be taken up dedicatedly The Health Department and local self-government establishments should carry out wide campaign in this regard. Lifestyle diseases should be detected among youth population. The laboratory network should be strengthened and database developed as part of surveillance for the purpose. . Good food and exercise should become a routine. Diseases like tuberculosis and malaria should be eradicated from the state by October of 2025.
The 100 days that just passed had been particularly challenging for the Health Department. Although the severity of those challenges have subsided, each of us are endeavoring to overcome them completely. After Covid and Zika, a case of Nipah too was reported in the state. Kerala is engaged in a collective endeavour to overcome infectious diseases in the state.
Although it has been only a short period since this government assumed power, it keeps the construction and developmental activities relating to the health sector undisrupted, even as the mitigation efforts against the challenges posed by infectious diseases are kept on high gear.
During this period, it has been possible to effect big changes in health units ranging from sub centres to medical colleges. This is a team work. Despite prevalent conditions, activities have been coordinated in such manner that developmental activities never encountered a setback. In the month of July, the Chief Minster inaugurated projects to the tune of Rs 25 crores across 50 health establishments including sub centres, as part of the 100-Day Task Programme.
With regard to the health sector in state, Kerala tops the national index for sustainable development. Task chart has been so formulated that work in these five years would carried out precisely toward set goals, the minister said.
The minister inaugurated 126 Health and Wellness Centres, 21 Family Health Centres, 1 Community Health Centre, 5 District Hospitals, 2 General Hospitals, 2 community Disability Management Centres, 1 Regional Family Welfare Centre. At each inaugural, ministers, MPs, MLAs, people’s representatives, officials and prominent citizens in the area participated in the event.