The CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said, “Medical treatment is becoming more and more costly for the people. The poor are forced to sell their properties to get the treatment. The cost of diagnostic tests became more than the disease. To detect the ailment, blood and urine tests are a must. These days every other person is suffering with hypertension and diabetes. They have to get examined for them.
Tests for the heart, liver, kidney, and lungs, Cancer, Thyroid became a necessity for the poor. And Corona came and joined the list. Several tests are to be conducted for the Covid. The government doctor will write prescription for medicines, but for the diagnostic tests, people are forced to go to the private clinics, spend thousands of rupees and get the tests done.
This has become a heavy financial burden on the poor. People are facing lot of hardships to get the Covid tests done for the treatment.
Against this backdrop, the government felt that diagnostic tests are as important as doctors, medicines and injunctions. Hence, the government has decided to set up diagnostic Centres in 19 district headquarters. Diagnostic Centre will also be set up in other places in a phased manner.”
He reiterated that such a decision was revolutionary and it showed the commitment of the government on public health. The CM wanted Ministers, MLAs, local body representatives to coordinate with the medical and health department officials and ensure better medical care is given in their respective Constituency to the people.
These diagnostic centres launched during the Corona pandemic time would render major help to the people and suitable name would be given to these Centres.
The CM said 57 tests would be conducted at these centres, which include tests for Corona. The tests include Blood, urine, Diabetes, hypertension, Cardiac ailments, orthopedic, liver, kidney, Thyroid related X-ray, biochemistry, Pathology and other tests. The CM said besides the general tests, certain specialty tests, which are expensive, would also be done at the centres free of costs. He said the government had made arrangements to send the results of the test reports to the patients’ mobile phones.
KCR said very expensive equipment with state-of-the-art; modern technology is installed at the centres. Such costly equipment is hitherto available in the corporate hospitals and in major hospitals like Gandhi, Osmania and NIMs. The government decided to have this equipment despite heavy costs, only provide the best medical care to the people free of cost. He said in these Centres have modern technology supported testing equipment like fully Automatic Immunoassay analyzer, Five Part cell counter, fully automatic urine analyzer. Along with these, ECG, 2 D Echo, Ultra Sound, Digital X Ray and other such imaging testing units were also provided.
The CM said that the officials informed him that these testing equipment works very fast and they produce 400 to 800 reports per hour. With these equipment installed spending crores of rupees, tests results of more number of patients can be obtained in short period time and they can be given the medical treatment quickly. He said along with this, CT scans will also be provided where there is a need.