VIJAYAWADA: Health minister Kamineni Srinivas has announced that an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be set up near Vijayawada soon and the Union government has already allocated `1,200 crore for the purpose.
Addressing the officials at the Vijayawada Government General Hospital Development Society meeting here Monday, Kamineni Srinivas said that the AP government was committed to providing advanced healthcare facilities to people at government hospitals and was planning a slew of health reforms.
The health minister had enquired hospital superintendent U Surya Kumari and other doctors about various problems at the hospital and the Siddartha Medical College. The doctors requested the minister to increase the number of ventilators as well as upgrade gynaecology, cardiology and paediatric departments. They also wanted recruitment of cardiologists and other specialists.
While the issue of pending salaries to para medical and outsourced staff was brought to the minister’s notice, he assured that the government would provide necessary funds. He urged the doctors and the staff to improve their performance to provide best healthcare services to poor people.
A native of Krishna district, Srinivas reiterated that he was committed to developing Vijayawada and Machilipatnam government hospitals and added that `292 crore had been allocated for developing hospitals in Krishna district and a nursing college would be set up in Machilipatnam with Rs 20 crore. Irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, excise and BC welfare minister Kollu Ravindra, Machilipatnam MP Konakalla Narayana Rao,
Vijayawada-East MLA Gadde Ramamohan, Vijayawada-Central MLA B Umamaheswara Rao, district collector M Raghunandan Rao, JC J Murali, DM&HO J Sarasijakshi and others were present in the meet.