Telangana health department introduces a new initiative for women

On the eve of international women’s day on March 8, the Telangana state government is launching the `Arogya Mahila’ programme that envisages a dedicated day for women patients at government hospitals.

At a review meeting held at BRK Bhavan along with Panchayat Raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, the Finance and Health minister T Harish Rao said from now on every Tuesday, women will get dedicated services at the public health centres. To begin with, it will be launched at 100 centres and later will be extended to 1200 centres across the state.

Those needing special services will be referred to a bigger hospital where more services are available. As part of the programme, eight different services will be made available to women. They are; BP, Diabetes; Oral, cervical, and breast cancer screenings; thyroid tests, distribution of medicines for deficiency of folic acid, iron, vitamin 12, and vitamin D; urinary infection and pelvic inflammatory tests; menopause-related tests; monthly regular tests and sex-related tests besides creating awareness on CPR, Yoga and other aerobics needed for good health.

Mr Harish Rao held a teleconference with the District Medical & Health Officers and district collectors on the issue. He wanted the local MLAs and other public representatives to take part in the inaugural programme on March 8.

He said as the incidence of heart attack is on the rise, the state government strongly felt that more awareness should be created among people and they should be trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) the immediate service a patient needs before shifting to the hospital preventing death.

Referring to the ongoing `Kanti Velugu’programme – massive eye screening and free distribution of medicines and spectacles, the minister said till date a total of 63 lakh people availed the services.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

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