State sanctions 176 new primary health centres | Visakhapatnam News -

State sanctions 176 new primary health centres | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh cabinet, in its meeting conducted on Tuesday, sanctioned 176 new primary health centres (PHCs), said principal secretary, health and family welfare department, Anil Kumar Singhal. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Singhal said that the state government wants to make sure that every mandal that does not have any other health facility, such as a community health care centre or hospital, has at least two PHCs.
“The health department has identified 280 mandals that have only one PHC. Of these 280 mandals, 116 do not have any other health facility. One mandal in the state does not have a single PHC, which would now get two PHCs. One more PHC has been sanctioned to seven tribal mandals. It is estimated that the construction of these PHCs would cost about Rs 346 crore, while the recruitment of doctors and staff and other consumables may result in an annual expenditure of about Rs 165 crore,” said Singhal.
Singhal said that the Group of Ministers on Covid-19 would meet on Wednesday to discuss strategies to contain the increase in number of daily Covid-19 cases. “The in-charge ministers of the districts would conduct meetings with the respective district collector to plan the containment of the pandemic. The state would get about 12,000 Remdesivir injections on Tuesday night. About 22,000 injections are already available with government hospitals, while 14,000 doses were supplied to the private hospitals on Tuesday,” said Singhal.

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