The Telangana government has decided to station public health professionals and IT staff in all primary health care centers in urban and rural areas, recognizing the importance of preventive health care, the minister of health said on Thursday. Health, T. Harish Rao.
“Public health management has been recognized globally after the pandemic. Here in Telangana, we have good doctors, staff and infrastructure, but we have realized that there is a huge gap in the absence of public health personnel. Every hospital should have one,” he said in his speech after the inauguration of the 45-acre campus of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) Indian Institute of Public Health-Hyderabad (IIPH-H) in Rajendranagar .
The minister stressed that primary health care is the most important part of medical care because “prevention is better than cure” and although there are Asha workers in the villages, neglected urban health posts are become important during COVID vaccination efforts.
“We don’t have people analyzing, evaluating and raising awareness during a disease outbreak for a quick fix system. Therefore, we have decided to recruit public health personnel in all 630 CSPs,” he said.
Mr. Harish Rao pointed out that Telangana ranks third in the country in terms of health care after Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which has better public health management.
“Soon, each district will have a government hospital as well as an RT-PCR laboratory and a diagnostic laboratory. From five public hospitals, the number has increased to 15 since 2014. Medical seats have also increased from 850 to 1,600,” he said.
“We will make health care a five-tier system from the current three tiers, strengthening screening at the primary health care level to identify chronic diseases at an early stage,” he explained.
IIPH-Hyderabad will be a shot in the arm for healthcare in Telangana and Hyderabad, the minister said and acknowledged the foresight of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in allocating the land as well as the donation of ₹10 crore before COVID.