Every village will have medical facilities like cities – Health Minister

Jaipur, July 26.Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma said that more than 18,000 medical institutions in the State are continuously being equipped with modern medical facilities. He said that it is the effort of the government that medical facilities like cities should be made available in each village, so that the general public need not have to come to cities for treatment.

Dr Sharma was addressing a voluntary blood donation camp and post-covid management seminar organised by Rajasthan Nursing Association and RUHS College at Birla Auditorium on Monday. He said that selected 332 Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the State are being readied looking at the possible third wave of corona. ICU beds, oxygen facilities and necessary medicines will always be available at these centres. He said experts believe that children would be affected in the third wave of corona and looking at it, oxygen beds and other necessary facilities are being increased at the children's hospitals in the State.

The Health Minister said that the State Government worked excellently in both waves of corona. He said the first case of corona was detected in March 2020 and at that time the facility of RT-PCR test was not available in the State. At that time, it was decided that the State would be made self-reliant in regard to tests. Today, each district of the State has the facility of RT-PCR test and even developed the capacity to conduct more than 1.50 lakh tests per day.

Dr Sharma said that people of the State had to face shortage of medical oxygen during the second wave of corona. The Central Government had provided only 400 metric tonne oxygen to the State, whereas the requirement was more than 650 metric tonne. To deal with any such a situation, capacity of 1,000 metric tonne oxygen generation has been developed through 400 medical oxygen generation plants and other oxygen generating equipment in the State.  

Dr Sharma said that the State government doing excellent work during the corona pandemic remained leading in oxygen management, availability of medicines and vaccination management. As the result of this, the death rate due to corona was very low in the State. He said that due to the hard work of medical personnel and precise strategy of the experts, the State had recovered rapidly from the second wave of corona.

The Health Minister said that the second wave of corona after the first wave was the result of irresponsible attitude. Violation of corona guidelines is leading us towards the third wave. Therefore, it is very important that we all strictly follow the corona guidelines. He said that wearing masks, maintaining distance of two-yards and frequently washing hands should be included in our daily routine.

Sawai Man Singh Medical College Principal Dr Sudhir Bhandari addressing the programme informed about the works done by the SMS Medical College during the corona period. He said that outstanding work has been done till now under the guidance of the Health Minister since the first case of corona was detected in the State. He said that Rajasthan has been leading in every respect, whether it was compulsion of RT-PCR test or facility of genome sequencing.

Organiser of the programme Shri Shashikant Sharma said that more than 450 units of blood were donated in the voluntary blood donation camp. He said on this occasion more than 250 people pledged to donate organs. SMS Hospital Superintendent Dr Rajesh Sharma, Director Public Health Dr KK Sharma, Pharmacist Council President Dr Ish Munjal, Shri Naveen Sanghi, Rajasthan Nursing Association executive president Dr Narendra Singh Shekhawat, RUHS Nursing principal Shri Mukesh Titerwal, Shri Pyarelal Choudhary and other people were present on this occasion.