Mangaluru: 'Free treatment for coronavirus under Ayushman Bharat scheme' - Kota Srinivas Poojary

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Sep 16: District in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary on Wednesday September 16 inaugurated a discussion on COVID-19 and Ayushman Bharat scheme at Town Hall here.

The programme was jointly organised by the district administration, the district health and family welfare department, the zilla panchayat, and Mangaluru city corporation along with Wenlock hospital.

In his introductory speech, deputy commissioner Dr Rajendra K V said, "People are in fear due to increase in coronavirus cases and death rates. There is also confusion in hospitals with regard to benefit under Ayushman Bharat scheme. It was the need of the hour to conduct this programme, to reach out to the people to eradicate the confusion among the general public. Death cases in the district have crossed 400-mark and most of them are within MCC limits. The corporation's involvement is the key to control the virus. We have formed ward-level task force and booth-level task force. We have also appointed 25 nodal officers to the hospitals for smooth functioning and to avoid confusion among the general public."

Speaking during the discussion district in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said, "We need to control coronavirus in the district and chief minister has given certain directions to look in to the basic requirements such as hospital beds, ventilators, 50 percent reservation for COVID patients in the hospitals. As many as 17,776 cases have been recorded in the district. Ayushman Bharat scheme is applicable to eight medical colleges and 12 private hospitals, already other 12 hospitals have applied for Ayushman Bharat scheme."

Poojary further said, "Any patient with certain documents under Ayushman Bharat scheme should be given free treatment for coronavirus. If any lapses are found or there are complaints of charging excessive bills, we will definitely investigate and take stringent action against them. District administration ensures that every COVID patient under Ayushman Bharat scheme will be treated free of cost."

"Even there are lots of complaints issued from ward level as they are unaware whom they should approach. To address the issue certain guidelines have been issued with information of the hospitals with Ayushman Bharat scheme and contact of nodal officers. Nodal officers should receive the calls and respond to them, if they fail in responding we will look into it and serve notice to the concerned officers," said Kota Srinivas Poojary.

Mangaluru South MLA Vedavyas Kamath, North MLA Dr Bharath Y Shetty, DCP Arunagshugiri, mayor Diwakar, deputy mayor Vedavathi, zilla panchayath CEO Dr Selvamani and others were present.

Covid statistics in the district as of September 14

The recovery rate in the district is 77 percent. The first case was reported in the month of March. In the month of April, 12 cases were recorded, 108 in May, 704 in June, 4880 in July, and 7,005 in August.

Among the 447 deaths in the district, 95 are co-incidental death, 330 with associated death, 2 are non-COVID death, 17 are COVID deaths and two were brought dead.

Among the 17,776 cases till September 14, international travellers are 508, inter state travellers 174, inter-district travellers 9, primary contacts 3556, secondary contacts 10, influenza-like illness (ILI) 7,122, severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) 1,015, and one belonging to Tabligh Jamaat. As many as 5,381 were screened in the hospital before starting the treatment.

Total 49,908 samples were collected through rapid antigen test among which 3,174 tested positive.





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  • Desmond, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    From now on no one will test positive

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    "Any patient with certain documents under Ayushman Bharat scheme should be given free treatment for coronavirus."

    --- any one who is found covid+ should first rush to Taluk office / Municipality / Tahsildar Office etc. etc. and obtain these "certain documents"...

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  • sense_Shetty, mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Sir that's great news ..
    Out of the so many covid patients in your own district ..can you share the details of the patients who got free treatment?
    Its common knowledge that any patient who is covid in mangalore and if he or she is admitted to any private hospital in mangalore can be assured of a minimum bill of 2 lak. If its serious patient then + 2 L for ICU ..if the patient dies then ..4 lakh is donation to private hospital

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Is it...!!!!??? great news so far Ayushman Bharat was sleeping and many have lost life and also Lakhs of rupees so far.

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  • bala, Urwa

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    All should happen at ground level which is not happening. Each and every day patients suffering due to the pandemic. No helpline,ambulances and no treatment in time. The only govt hosoital fully arranged for covid. Still so much space there in the old block to accomodate other patients. The govt should look in to it because poor and middle class are suffering very badly.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Free healthcare should be provided to all citizens. It should be added to fundamental rights in constitution.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    "Any patient with certain documents under Ayushman Bharat scheme should be given free treatment for coronavirus" Mnister Poojary said.

    There were so many people present there. None of them asked ,"which are the documents Sir'???

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    The following entities are not covered under the Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme: Hence are not eligible to get enrolled. I think, 99% of Daijiworld readers may come in one or more of these conditions, that make them not eligible under this scheme.

    Motorized 2/3/4 wheeler/fishing boat owner
    Mechanized 3 or 4 wheeler agricultural equipment owner
    Kisan credit cardholder with credit limit of over Rs. 50,000/-
    Household member of government employee
    Households with non-agricultural enterprises registered with government
    Any member of family with income more than Rs. 10,000 per month
    Paying income tax
    Paying professional tax, (monthly salary above 15000 are coming under this tax)
    3 or more rooms with pucca walls and roof
    Owns a refrigerator
    Owns landline phone
    Owns over 2.5 acres of irrigated land with 1 irrigation equipment
    5 acres or more of irrigated land for two or more crop season
    Owning at least 7.5 acres of land or more with at least one irrigation equipmet

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Irrespective of exclusions which you have mentioned, the following are eligible.
    Domestic worker
    Street vendor/ Cobbler/hawker / other service provider working on streets
    Construction worker/ Plumber/ Mason/ Labour/ Painter/ Welder/ Security guard/ Coolie and other head-load worker
    Sweeper/ Sanitation worker/ Mali
    Home-based worker/ Artisan/ Handicrafts worker/ Tailor
    Transport worker/ Driver/ Conductor/ Helper to drivers and conductors/ Cart puller/ Rickshaw puller
    Shop worker/ Assistant/ Peon in small establishment/ Helper/Delivery assistant / Attendant/ Waiter
    Electrician/ Mechanic/ Assembler/ Repair worker
    Washer-man/ Chowkidar

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Why people cannot use mask to cover the mouth and nose, they prefer to cover their chin? How come such a big crowd was allowed without physical distancing?
    Ayushman Bharat scheme coming to force after more than 400 people have died and having more than 17 thousand positive cases in the district. On the whole the managing of the pandemic crisis was total failure.
    Thank God there was no hitting the plates and lightning of candles.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Appreciate, Good decision for free treatment under Ayushman Bharat scheme.

    As primary contacts cases are 3556, Why do we need to held such big event more than 50 people? Also there are some girls/ladies on stage without mask.

    Its not time to get publicity or political gains. Save lives.

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