The state government plans to establish a hospital specializing in heart care, cancer and kidney treatment in Hubballi, Minister of Health and Medical Education K. Sudhakar said.
Public health institutions such as the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research and the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology will establish and operate more tertiary health care centers, the minister said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of new facilities at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday. He inaugurated a new administrative building for KIMS, a cardiology center, a mortuary, a skills laboratory and a retina clinic.
The administration building was built at a cost of ₹ 19 crore, the skills lab at ₹ 2.8 crore, the cardiac care center at ₹ 6.88 crore, the morgue at ₹ 1 crore and the retina clinic at ₹ 1 ₹ crore.
He said COVID-19 was under control in the state. “The government has spent around ₹ 300 crore on managing COVID-19 and has carried out more than one crore in testing so far. Beds with oxygen supplies have been increased to 31,000 from 6,000. The death rate in the state is among the lowest in the country. We are on the lookout for a possible increase in cases in a second wave of the epidemic following the example of Europe, Delhi and Ahmedabad, ” he said.
The State has 185 RTPCR laboratories. The state’s 60 medical schools are also setting up such laboratories, he said.
“Up to 1.15 lakh families, including those above the poverty line, have been included in the Arogya Karnataka Ayushman Bharat program. The government will introduce a comprehensive health policy that will include training in human resource management for doctors and will also increase salaries and allowances for all health professionals, ”he said.
In Belagavi, Dr Sudhakar said on Saturday that by next January all government hospitals will be converted to 24/7 health care facilities. “We also plan to ensure that all testing for diagnosis and drugs are available free to all. The government will also set up more primary health centers, depending on the population of the villages, ”he added.
He asked doctors, nurses and staff to introspect why the poor do not get good treatment and facilities in public hospitals, as the government spends large sums of money on infrastructure and wages.