Bangalore, Aug 30, 2014: Speaking at a press meet, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, UT Khader, said that Department of Health and Family Welfare has now come out the ’Arogya Adalat’ a platform where people can voice their concerns and give feedback about existing government schemes; the move was an attempt to reach out to the masses and ensure an effective two-way communication system. He said that top officials from the department would travel and interact with the local people to understand their concerns.
“Top officials will call for a meeting with people of the district on a regular basis. They can voice out their concerns. In some places, they might not be availing facilities under certain schemes despite being eligible. Also, HIV, mental health and other such issues would be addressed,” he said, adding that if the issues were not resolved on the spot, they would come back here and try to address. The team would be covering at least two districts each week and the meeting would be organised at a public place and the same would be followed by review meets.
To begin with, the first of such meetings has been scheduled to take place on September 2 at Gulbarga. Khader added that after the officials under the National Rural Health Mission return to the City from Delhi, a suitable timetable would be framed.
Herbal medicine : Khader said that since the State had planned to lay emphasis on herbal medicine this Dasara, an ‘Ayurvedic Arogya Kendra’ would be set up at Mysore to ensure visitors from other countries get to know the traditional form of medicine.
“To mark the beginning, on September 2, medicinal herbs would be planted at the Chief Minister’s residence in the City. This will see the participation of college students as well,” the proactive minister added.