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Health department depends on other hospitals


Indore : While government is focusing on Ayushman Bharat scheme to provide health care to poor by upgrading its hospitals, city’s district hospital lacks facilities to implement it.

As per Ayushman Bharat scheme, every district hospital has to provide treatment for 1,350 types of diseases but Indore’s district hospital is providing treatment for 307 diseases, less than half of what is expected.

“We are trying to upgrade hospital to provide treatment for maximum number of diseases. We are providing treatment for 307 diseases and will increase the number before September 25, the date of launching of scheme,” civil surgeon Dr MP Sharma told mediapersons on Saturday.

He said they have also connected hospital with online system and started updating OPD receipts and patients’ detail through the software.

“Health department also runs Government PC Sethi Hospital, Hukumchand Polyclinic and others to fulfill other mandatory requirements of scheme,” Dr Sharma said.

District hospital lacks facilities to execute Ayushman Bharat scheme

The government has appointed district malaria officer Dr Dharmendra Jain as nodal officer for Ayushman Bharat scheme.

“Date of implementing Ayushman Bharat scheme has been extended to September 25. Along with upgrading government hospitals, we are also selecting private hospitals, which can treat patients under the scheme,” Dr Jain said.

Under Ayushman Bharat scheme, one Ayushman Mitra will be appointed at every 30 beds in a hospital. Mitras will help people in reaching the hospital and getting treatment under the scheme. They will be able to help people by starting their kiosk or by working separately in the hospital. The government will provide incentives to them.

Ayushman Bharat scheme is also known as Modi Care.

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