Telangana Health Minister Etala Rajender today revealed that the government was planning to set up 18 diagnostic centres across various district hospitals, and was hoping to finish the works for the same by the end of April.
Responding to the queries of some MLAs during the Question Hour of today's Budget session, the minister said, "These diagnostic centres will eventually be set up in each district. They are being established to provide free high-quality healthcare services for the poor in Telangana. A total of 60 different tests, including ECGs, ultrasound, radiology, X-Rays, urine and blood tests, are being performed in the existing centres, and the new ones too will have facilities for the same. They will help lakhs of people by detecting health problems in early stages. To achieve this, the existing centres are collecting samples from 325 basthi hospitals and sending them to centres like the one at Narayanguda. For the convenience of the patients, the reports of the tests are sent to them online."
The government has reportedly decided to start the diagnostic centres in the districts of Siddipet, Karimnagar, Kothaguda, Asifabad, Khammam, Sangareddy, Nizamabad, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad, Medak, Janagaon, Jagtiyal, Mulug, Siricilla and Nalgonda.
The eighteen new centres will push up the total number of such labs to 26. Various centres have already been set up
in Hyderabad. They are situated in Amberpet, Lalapet, Sithaphalmandi, Jangampet, Sri Ram Nagar, Barkas, Panipura, and Purana Pul.