VIJAYAWADA: Health minister Kamineni Srinivas said here Monday that the government proposed to upgrade the Government General Hospital (GGH) in the City into a ‘A’ category hospital with an outlay of Rs 150 cr.
Participating in a sapling plantation programme on the GGH premises to mark the completion of 100 days of the government’s special drive for sapling plantation, the minister added that the government also proposed to improve the basic infrastructure in the various government hospitals in the Krishna district at a cost of Rs 8.62 cr.
In the first phase of hospital development, Rs 2.87 cr had been released for the new government hospital in Vijayawada, Rs 1.30 cr for the old government hospital, Rs 68 lakh for the government dental hospital, Rs 91 lakh for the government hospital in Gudivada, Rs 1.05 cr for the government hospital in Nuzvid, Rs 1.44 cr for the government hospital in Machilipatnam, he explained.
He said apart from basic medical infrastructure in the hospitals, rest rooms for attendants of the patients and drinking water facilities would also be provided.
“We want the services of the government hospitals under the Health University to serve the people more effectively and plans are being made in that direction. The Health University has Rs 350 cr with it for the purpose. We want all the health services under one roof, so the patients don’t have to run here and there,” he added.
The minister said that the government had included treatment of more health ailments under the NTR Arogya Seva scheme and added that the hospitals had Rs 60 cr revolving funds for the purpose.
Speaking at the event, MLA Gadde Ramamohan Rao said that in the next five years, the government hospital in Vijayawada would be developed as the best hospital in the state and added that it would cater to the every medical and health need of poor and downtrodden.
On the occasion, the MLA along with Ramesh Hospitals chairman MS Ramachandra Rao donated two RO Water Treatment Plants to the government hospital. The Health Minister inaugurated them and appreciated their gesture. He opined that the government hospitals could be developed and their functioning made more effective with the cooperation and contribution of private institutions and people’s representatives.