Five-day health awareness workshop through street plays begins

The government of Karnataka has spent huge amount in the health sector through various schemes to benefit people coming under both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL). But most of the beneficiaries weren’t aware of schemes, Executive Director, Arogya Suraksha Trust, Dr P Boregowda observed.

Speaking after inaugurating the five-day health awareness workshop through street plays here on Tuesday, organised by Rangayana in association with Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust, Department of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Information and Publicity, Dr Boregowda said that BPL card holders could get their treatment done at private hospitals for free while APL card holders had to pay only 30 percent of the billed amount.

“The state government, under Vajpayee Arogya Shree and Rajiv Arogya Bhagya schemes, has tied up with private hospitals wherein the beneficiaries can get their treatment for major diseases done for free. So far, 1,52,000 beneficiaries have benefited through the schemes and the government had spent Rs 8.80 crore so far,” Dr Boregowda said, adding, “There are many beneficiaries but not many of them are aware of the schemes,” he said and called upon the participants to create awareness about the schemes through street plays in their districts.

More than 100 theatre artistes from various districts had participated in the workshop which began on Tuesday.

Dr Boregowda said that his trust had come up with Rajiv Arogya Bhagya App under which 192 private hospitals are in Karnataka and Maharashtra were mapped. “There 160 hospitals in Karnataka of which 30 percent are in Bengaluru. People wanting to get treatments under the schemes can visit the App and enter their problems. Following which the App will display the nearest hospital wherein the particular disease is treated,” he explained.

To benefit people living in North Karnataka, hospitals from Sholapur, Miraj, Sangli, Kolhapur and Hyderabad were also included.

He further said that a taluk and district level awareness programme will be organised to create awareness about the schemes. During the programme, people suffering from majors diseases will also be examined and sent to hospitals for treatments if need be.

Rangayana Director H Janardhan, Deputy Director Nirmala Matapati, Deputy Director, Department of Information and Publicity, Bengaluru, P N Gurumurthy, Executive Engineer, PWD, Mysuru, Ramachandra and workshop convener Manjunath Belkere were present.

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