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25274India badly needs a law that guarantees Right To Health: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

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  • Vinay Baindur
    Dec 21, 2013
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      India badly needs a law that guarantees Right To Health: Chandy

      Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that India badly needs a law that guarantees Right To Health for its people. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the State’s first medical college hospital (MCH) under the management of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) at Paripally near Kollam on Saturday, he said that the State government will earnestly take up the importance of such a need with the Centre.

      “Till a Right To Health Act becomes a reality, the State government will do everything possible to ensure medical care to the needy”.

      Mr. Chandy said that world class medical treatment facilities are currently available in the State. But the common man is unable to access it because of the cost factor.

      In such a situation, it is only through government MCHs that the poor is able to get quality medical treatment. It is because of this need that the United Democratic Front government decided starting nine MCHs and one of the MCH among the nine has already started functioning.

      The construction of five is in progress. A crucial decision on the MCH in Wayanad district will be taken on Saturday itself, he said. The medical policy of the government is that all the fourteen districts should have a government sector MCH. The Chief Minister said that when the nine MCHs are commissioned, thirteen districts will have government MCHs.

      The two districts left out are Kollam and Kannur. He said that the talks for the government take over of the Pariyaram MCH in Kannur are in progress. The government will seriously consider an MCH for Kollam district too.

      The policy of the State government is to always extend cooperation to the ESI initiatives in the State. Mr. Chandy said that considering the huge water requirement for the Paripally ESIC MCH, he has already issued orders directing the Kerala Water Authority to supply the required water to the MCH complex from the Japan International Cooperation Agency funded Meenad Drinking Water Scheme which passes through the area. 

      He said that the ESIC has identified 30 acres of land in Mavelikara for the construction of the second ESIC MCH in the State. If there are no technical hurdles to the handing over of that land to the ESIC, the same would be done at the earliest. Otherwise, suitable land of the same area will be identified and handed over to the ESIC as early as possible, he said.

      The inaugural function was presided over by the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Kodikunnil Suresh. Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar inaugurated the out patient block, Labour Minister Shibu Baby John inaugurated the in-patient block and Kollam MP N. Peethambara Kurup inaugurated the operation theatre complex.

      ESIC Director General, A.K. Agarwal gave an introduction of the ESIC MCH and the facilities the ESI beneficiaries can avail through it. ESI Board members K. Suresh Babu, M. Murali and V. Radhakrishnan, former minister C.V. Padmarajan and DCC president Pratapavarma Thamapan were present at the function.

      Keywords: Oommen Chandy, Right To Health, Kerala medical college hospitals
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