Mangaluru: The Punjalakatte Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district will be upgraded as per international standards under a six-crore budget.
Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education, K Sudhakar was touring various government medical facilities to assess their responsiveness to the Covid-19 fight. He went to four government medical facilities-Lady Goschen Hospital, Bantwal Taluk General Hospital, Kudupu (Vamanjoor) PHC, and Wenlock District General Hospital.
He said that the Punjalakatte PHC built during the British era, and on a four-acre land deserves an upgradation according to increased footfalls. The Minister made this statement after taking a review of the Dakshina Kannada district health machinery. The plan also includes building various facilities and, housing accommodations for doctors, nurses and Group D workers under a 6-crore budget. The plan has also received approval from the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa
He added that during his inspection of the Bantwal Taluk General Hospital, several issues were brought to his attention like the appointment of Group D workers, and buying of medical equipment.
Noting that the Bantwal Taluk General Hospital has all the required facilities to take up surgeries, he said that the officials have been instructed to take up surgeries as fast as possible. He added that for the government healthcare system to function efficiently, local legislators need to overlook its functioning from time to time.
Focusing on the enforcement of Covid-19 prevention guidelines for travellers from Kerala, he said that the mortality rates could be low for now but all measures need to be taken to contain the surge.
Talking about frontline workers not coming forward to take the vaccinations, he mentioned that their actions do not inspire confidence in the public.
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