Meeting with manufacturers to be held on June 14
The Medical Devices Manufacturing Park in Visakhapatnam district will have a common gamma irradiation plant, according to Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas.
The units in the park make devices but since chemical sterlization is not accepted abroad for exports, the common facility will be set up by the government. While they make the devices, common facilities have to be set up by the government. A unit for calibration of equipment will also be set up.
A meeting would be organised with the manufacturers on the setting up of the gamma irradiation plant during the Chief Minister’s visit on June 14, he said here after participating in the ‘Nava Nirmana Deeksha’ at AU YVS Murthy Auditorium.
The park, being executed by AP MedTech Zone Limited, is expected to have 200 to 300 units with investment potential worth ₹25,000 to ₹30,000 crore over a period of time.
Earlier, speaking at the meeting he said a total of 26 initiatives on health were taken by the State government and NITI Aayog appreciated new health reforms.
Right from sanitation in hospitals, ‘Tallibidda Express’ for maternal care dropping them back home, provision of baby kits to free dialysis centres improved the services in the health sector and it resulted in 30% increase in outpatient treatment in government hospitals, he said.
Urban health centres
Opening of 24 urban health centres in Visakhapatnam was a matter of satisfaction to him, he said. Not only specialist doctors were available but any further consultation required was done since telemedicine facility was available. After registration, patients wait in the comfort of a/c rooms, he said. Free medicines were being given and 28 tests carried out free of cost. Even the consultation hours were kept to suit better services and the centres work 24X7.
VIMS was working well with 500 to 600 outpatients turning up and in KGH new facilities like CT scan were introduced. However, it was not sufficient and more needed to be done, he said.