Andhra Pradesh (India) government to provide mobile phones to health workers

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The Government of Andhra Pradesh (India) has decided to provide mobile phones to more than 7,000 health workers who are working in rural areas to offer instant medical services to their families on any health problems by contacting the doctors deputed for the purpose.

The state government will also set up mobile hospitals, which would periodically visit villages to provide medical help. The state government has also introduced a health insurance scheme, ‘Rajiv Arogya Sri’, for poor families in a half-dozen districts, which would be extended to the entire state. Under this scheme, the government provides INR 200 annual premium to insurance companies, which fully reimburse the cost of treatment, including heart surgeries of up to INR 2 million. The government has earmarked INR 450 crore for the scheme in the annual Budget for the year 2008-09. The state government has also introduced a 104 service besides a 108 service in the state under public-private collaboration, where the former provides medical advice to the caller on any health-related problem and the latter sends ambulance with emergency medical help free of cost to the needy people.

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