Karnataka launches ‘health adalat’

Health department officials would interact with the public and elected representatives to understand and redress grievances relating to public health facilities

 
By Kundan Pandey
Published: Friday 05 September 2014

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If you are not getting the benefit of health schemes you are entitled to or local health establishments are showing casual approach, there is a forum for you to redress your grievance.

Karnataka has launched the one-of-its-kind “health adalat” for such aggrieved persons on September 2.

State health and family welfare minister U T Khader launched a health adalat in Gulbarga and said that it will address health issues at the grassroots level and ensure that all health facilities extended by the government reached all sections of society. The minister said the health department senior officials will interact with the public as also elected representatives—councillors and MLAs—to understand the problems they are facing on the ground. It will help them to understand the grievance and concern of public regarding health services in the state, said the minister adding that administration will try to resolve the problem there only.

This forum is also supposed to narrow the gap between health department and elected representatives. It will also provide an opportunity to health officials to introspect on the implementation of government programmes.

Khader said that the state government’s decision to launch the adalat came after series of complaints surfaced in media regarding lack of facilities in government hospitals. People were raising the issue through media and now they can directly contract health officials, he added.

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