Amaravathi: Declaring that healthcare is one of his topmost priorities, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday (June 3) said that an expert committee would be set up to suggest measures for a complete revamp of the medical and health department.

A communique from the chief minister’s office said that Jagan directed that a panel be constituted under the supervision of special chief secretary PV Ramesh, and should be submitted within 45 days while he would personally monitor the performance of the medical and health department.

Continuing his review of government departments, the chief minister took stock of the department and asked the authorities to improve healthcare facilities in government hospitals for the benefit of common people.

Jagan asked the officials to submit a report on the infrastructure requirements in government hospitals and also responded positively on filling up vacancies in government hospitals, a communique from the chief minister office said.

Meanwhile, on this occasion, the chief minister announced enhancement in the salary of Aasha workers from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000 a month, as promised by the YSR Congress ahead of the recent elections.

Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam, special chief secretary (Health) Poonam Malakondaiah and other officials attended the review meeting.