Andhra Pradesh Government will complete recruitment of the remaining medical posts for COVID 19 within ten days while the State has been spending Rs 10.18 crore per day on the pandemic and the Chief Minister has instructed that Arogya Mitras should handle Aarogyasri Help Desks to create awareness and guide the patients properly. During a review meeting held here on Friday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was told that the process for recruitment of 30,887 posts in Health Department will be completed in ten days.

So far 21,673 posts were filled on contract basis and for the 9,971 regular posts, 4,676 were filled and recruitment is under progress for the remaining 5,295 posts.The State Government has been spending Rs 10.18 crore per day on COVID-19 care of which Rs 4.3 crore is for tests, Rs 1.31 crore on food for patients and Rs 4.57 crore on medicines. The Officials said the State has 138 Covid care hospitals with 37,441 beds of which 2,462 general beds, 11,177 oxygen -supported beds and 2,651 ICU beds are still vacant and available as on Friday.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to set up Help Desks with ‘Arogya Mitras’ at every Aarogyasri network hospital and said Help Desks should also be available at every empanelled hospitals. Implementation of Aarogyasri scheme in network hospitals should be regularly monitored and severe action would be taken against any hospital flouting the norms, he said.

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Arogya Mmitras should have clear understanding on protocol and they should monitor if Arogya Asara (recuperation allowance) amount is being given to patients treated under Arogyasri scheme. They should take regular feedback on the medical services being provided to Covid patients and submit a report. The Chief Minister said that new medical colleges would strengthen the health system in the State and directed officials to take immediate steps for construction of medical colleges and also to focus on construction of urban health centers.

The Chief Minister told the officials to give rating to the hospitals by taking feedback from the patients on food, sanitation, Infrastructure and services of the doctors. Feedback, including Aarogya Asara should be taken from Aarogyasri network hospitals and any discrepancy should be rectified immediately. The Chief Minister directed the officials to make mock calls to call centers everyday to check their work and record the response. He directed the officials to intensify the campaign on what should a person do and whom should he call if he is tested positive for Covid-19.
Deputy Chief Minister Alla Nani, Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, Medical and Health Special Chief Secretary Dr KS Jawahar Reddy were among those who were at the review meeting.

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