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Move to set up dialysis units in rural hospitals draws flak

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Hyderabad: Without even having full strength of nephrologists in teaching hospitals, the state health department has in a surprising move decided to set up dialysis units in 20 district hospitals, community health centres and area hospitals in nine districts under private public partnership (PPP) mode.

In a recent government order, the permission to set up these dialysis units has been given to Telangana Vaidya Vidhana Parishad with the aim of helping serious kidney patients get treatment locally without the need of visiting teaching hospitals in Hyderabad and Warangal.

The move has raised eyebrows with Telangana Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (THANA) office-bearers and city experts questioning the move at a time when Osmania General Hospital, Gandhi Hospital and Kakatiya Medical College are facing severe shortage of nephrologists.

“The move to set up dialysis units in rural health centres in nine districts will help only vested interests to benefit financially through PPP mode as no nephrologist from city will ever go to work in remote places. These hospitals do not even have ICUs,” said an office bearer of THANA, on condition of anonymity.

They expressed fears that monitoring the dialysis patients in these 20 government hospitals across the state can not be done as these community health centres, district hospitals and area hospitals in nine districts do not have superspecialists like nephrologists of their own.

After kidneys fail, a dialysis machine (costing around Rs 5 lakh) used under the supervision of a nephrologist helps keep an end stage patient’s body in balance by removing waste, salt and extra water.

What’s worse is that in Kakatiya medical college -the government-run medical college catering to patients in four districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Warangal and Karimnagar -there is not even a permanent nephrologist.

“Even in both Gandhi and Osmania medical colleges, posts of four nephrologists are lying vacant since a long time. So, what happens to a dialysis patient in these 20 centres the event of any adverse complications,” questioned a senior nephrologist from Nims hospital.

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Vehicle owners to get TS no. plates online

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HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has decided to issue new registration numbers online to vehicles replacing AP with TS. Vehicle owners have to apply for the new registration numbers and download the cards.

This decision was taken by the government to spare the vehicle owners of inconvenience of having to visit the RTA office. Officials expressed apprehension that manual issuing of registration cards may lead to unnecessary hardship to people who may resent making rounds of the RTA offices to get them. The transport department is also not in a position to provide new cards to all vehicles at one go.

According to transport department officials, about 68 lakh old vehicles across the state have to change their number plates to incorporate new series which became necessary after the bifurcation of the state. However, the vehicle owners get four months to get high security number plates with the new series. The government has sought permission from the Supreme Court to extend the time till December 2016 to enforce the high-security number plates for all vehicles.There is no need to seek fresh registration numbers for vehicles registered after June 2, 2014.

“The detailed guidelines for re-assigning the registration numbers will be issued very soon. The guidelines are pending as the opinion of the law department has been sought on the validity of electronic registration papers,” principal secretary of trans port, roads and buildings (TR&B) department Sunil Sharma told TOI on Tuesday.

To pave the way for re-assigning the registration numbers, the TR&B depart ment earlier issued a notification amending the Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 under 81-A. The amendment empo 81-A. The amendment empowered the state government to direct the transport authorities to re-assign vehicle registration numbers. There is no need to change the last four digits of the numbers.

The Telangana government has been making efforts to re-assign the registration numbers to vehicles registered before June 2014.However, the process got delayed as some people approached the court against the state government’s decision.After the court verdict, the transport department went ahead.

The draft guidelines were sent to the state government a few months ago and have been cleared now, paving the way for the process.

Source: TOI-Hyd

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