Door step delivery of medicines: Kerala

“Government hospitals have a shortage of 5,000 doctors.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2021 by The Health Master

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Kerala: Offering a boon to elderly patients, the budget proposed the scheme ‘Karunya at Home’ for the door step delivery of medicines.

There will be a registration process and the door delivery will be strictly based on prescription.

While the general population will get the discount given by Karunya medical shops, the elderly can avail of an extra discount of one per cent.

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has expanded the scope of the Karunya Arogya Suraksha Padhathi (health security scheme) to provide free treatment in the first 48 hours for those injured in road accidents.

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He reiterated that C-19 vaccines will be given free of cost.

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By approving the creation of 4,000 posts in the next financial year, the budget sought to address the long-pending demand of an overstretched public healthcare system.

Though the priority will be given to filling posts in medical colleges, the health department has been given the freedom to decide the fields which require additional posts. 

“It is a welcome move that will help ensure quality service to patients,” said Dr G S Vijayakrishnan, general secretary, Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association.

“Government hospitals have a shortage of 5,000 doctors.

With more people making use of the public health system, it is important to create more posts for taluk hospitals which provide speciality services.”

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