Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government, on 15 May, announced that it will invest Rs. 16,203 crore to strengthen health care facilities in the state. The funds will go towards revamping government hospitals and medical colleges.

Meanwhile, the government will also set up around 10,000 YSR health clinics at every village secretariat, said Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday. The 1,086 sub-centres established under the Nadu-Nedu programme will also be turned into YSR health clinics as part of the state government's initiative to provide better medical facilities round-the-clock at the village level.

The Chief Minister has asked officials to identify suitable land before 15 June and complete the project by March 2021.

Besides, the state has also allocated Rs. 6,100 crore for multi-specialty hospitals in tribal regions and six medical colleges with attached institutions. The government has also proposed plans to build 15 new medical and nursing colleges.

Officials said that 149 new primary health centres (PHCs) will be added to the existing 1,138 across the state at a budget of Rs. 256.99 crore and 989 PHCs will also be refurbished for which Rs. 413.01 crore has been allocated. A total budget of Rs. 1,236 crore has also been allocated for a makeover for 52 area hospitals and 169 community health centres.

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