Arogya Kavacha launched in Mangalore

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Mangaluru, Nov 11: The District Government Wenlock Hospital is going to get an MRI scanning equipment worth Rs 3 crore from the State government soon. District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar revealed this during the inaugural of Arogya Kavacha programme at Town Hall in the city on Monday, Nov 10.

One need to pay at least Rs 5,000 for an MRI scanning in private hospitals which is totally unaffordable to a common man. Hence, the government has thought of providing the facility at the Wenlock Hospital, he informed. He appealed the members of the public to utilise the facilities of the newly launched 'Arogya Kavacha", a public-private-partnership programme.

“Three state-of-the-art ambulances will be provided to the district; one each will be stationed at the district hospital, AJ Hospital and Surathkal," he informed.

In his address, Mangalore South MLA N Yogish Bhat said the health insurance scheme need to be extended to the BPL class too. Mangalore MLA U T Khader emphasised on the necessity of retaining long lasting faith of the people with regard to the newly launched programme.

Bantwal MLA Ramanath Rai, Zilla Panchayat President K P Sucharitha Shetty, CEO Shivashankar, DC M Maheshwar Rao, DHO Jagannath, District Surgeon Dr Prabhudev, Additional SP R Dileep were present on the occasion.

The Arogya Kavacha programme is being implemented by a Hyderabad-based agency Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) in association with the State government. The EMRI COO in Karnataka Bharath Radhakrishna said Karnataka is the 7th State in which the agency is implementing the drive.

People can call 24 hour toll-free number 108 for medical, police and fire help in emergency situations. The call centre of the agency will work in such a swift manner that the caller will get the help in 20 minutes in urban areas and in 30 minutes in rural areas, said mr Radhakrishna. The EMRI has the target of providing 517 ambulances in State by March 2010.

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