VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for King’s College Hospital, which is coming up in Amaravati, by Indo-UK Foundation with an estimated cost of `1,600 crore.
“With the project, Amaravati gets its largest investment in the health sector,” said Naidu, adding that the first phase of the hospital would be inaugurated on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.
Naidu said that he aspires to make the State a Medical hub. The new capital of Amaravati is going to be the Medical Tourism Hub in near future, he said. Chief Minister announced that yet another 20 medical colleges are coming to the State soon.
“Kings is one of the world’s most famous hospitals which has come to Amaravati to headquarter all the future projects of that group in the country,” the Chief Minister said.
“India and United Kingdom had government-to-government agreement for developing 11 Indo-UK Institutes of Health (IUIH) in India by Indo-UK Healthcare Private Limited. It will create over 10,000 job opportunities in the health industry. The first phase of king’s College hospital with nursing school, NHS oncology unit and liver transplant unit will be ready in the next two months and I want it to be inaugurated on October 2,” Naidu said.
“The hospital will also have PG medical centre, IBM Asia data analytics centre, implant manufacturing industry and many more health essentials,” the Chief Minister added.Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said, “Andhra Pradesh is redefining access to health by making advanced medical treatment available at affordable price, boosting medical tourism.” “We are hopeful of a bright future as UK’s National Health Services is one of the finest integrated healthcare systems in the world. I am glad that AP have got UK’s expertise in training, research, innovation and clinical delivery, the forefronts of any modern healthcare system,” she said.
Asserting that it is a great privilege to be part of the project, Andrew Mitchell, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom, said, “It is a wonderful project which is going to help transform the lives of millions of people. It is in the finest tradition of the long standing relationship between Britain and India.”