Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have their mobile clinics with doctors, pharmacists and medicines
With aims to avail government healthcare services in areas without dispensaries, the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has launched Mobile Clinic Services in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Minister of state for labour and employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, launched the ESIC Mobile Clinic Services by flagging off ‘Jan Suraksha Vans/Ambulances’ that would serve the areas not covered by ESI dispensaries in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The minister said, “It is for the first time in the country that the ESIC Mobile Clinic Services are launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the mobile clinics will be expanded and launched across the country by all ESI hospitals.” Out of the total 13 mobile clinics, eight clinics would serve in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda and Nizamabad districts in Telangana state and five clinics would serve in Chittoor, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Nellore and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh.
Each mobile clinic will have a vehicle with a doctor, pharmacist, attendant, driver and the necessary equipment and medicines, he said. The vehicle will visit two locations in a day for three hours each and do basic investigations. Each location will be covered twice in a week, the minister added.
The minister further said that under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme, employers’ contribution (to ESI corpus every month) has been brought down to 3 per cent of the wages from 4.75 per cent, while employees’ contribution rate has been reduced to 1 per cent from 1.75 per cent.
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