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By Independence Day, Telangana will have 131 Basthi Dawakhanas

By August 15, Health Minister T Harish Rao said that efforts are being made to set up another 131 Basthi Dawakhanas within Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits.

At present, 259 Basthi Dawakhanas provide basic primary health care facilities and diagnostic services to the urban poor. As a result of the additional 131 Basthi Dawakhanas, Telangana will have a total of 390 Basthi Dawakhanas by August 15, Harish Rao said at the review meeting.

There are 131 urban primary health care facilities, of which 12 are set to be inaugurated soon. T-Diagnostic laboratories are being linked to all Basthi Dawakhanas and teleconsultation facilities are being introduced.

The Basthi Dawakhanas are based on the local population and the availability and accessibility of health care facilities. Patients will receive their test results directly from their mobile phones with the help of T-Diagnostics. As a result, patients will be able to meet the doctor and get their results the next day,” Harish Rao explained.

Several senior health officials attended, including Dr. K Ramesh Reddy, Dr. Srinivasa Rao, and others.

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State-run hospital in Telangana: Doctors decry shortage of basic medicine

Doctors association has contacted the government over poor drug supply in government hospitals after Harish Rao raked up a doctor and PG student at Sultan Bazaar Maternity Hospital for referring patients to private drug stores for medicines.

At Gandhi Hospital, 26 emergency and regular drugs were not available, according to the Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA). There were eight emergency drugs included among them, including Encorate, Opticuron, Lorazepam, and Haloperidol. There were 16 drugs and disposables that were non-existent at the MGM hospital’s casualty ward.

Doctors will have to rely on available stocks to treat their patients, all these drugs are unavailable. They should take responsibility for removing all the private drug stores instead of blaming doctors. In this situation, doctors are being blamed for everything.

What should a doctor do when there is a dying patient on the bed? Will he not prescribe medication if it is required but cannot be found in the hospital?” questioned Dr. Mahesh Kumar, president of HRDA.








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