VISAKHAPATNAM: SOON medical colleges will have skill laboratories and students will get tabs, Health minister Kamineni Srinivasa Rao said on Sunday. He inaugurated two more floors in super speciality block and Jeevandhan Unit at the King George Hospital (KGH) apart from opening Star Pinnacle Heart Centre at Arilova Health City. He also said that 120 doctors would be shifted from Telangana to the state as per staff distribution soon, to fill the vacant doctor posts in AP.
After inaugurating the floors, Kamineni Srinivasa Rao said that there were about 7,600 students pursuing medicine in the state and plans are affot to provide them tabs so that they would access Internet for studies.
They will also get video conference facilities in the labs, he said. He also said that 11 medical colleges in the state will have the facility of skill labs soon. They are new labs for the students for conducting artificial surgeries. Kamineni confessed that there is a shortage of doctors in the state and the vacancies would be filled up soon. “At present, the state faces five per cent doctor shortage and very soon about 120 doctors will be shifted from Telangana once the CR Kamalanathan committee distributes the doctors and health officials. After the distribution, the shortage of doctors will reduce to 2 per cent,” he said. The minister also said that soon the VIMS would also have a trauma care centre as well as burns unit to treat road accident and other untoward incident victims. The victims could be brought directly to the VIMS, instead of taking them to the KGH.
Inaugurating the Star Pinnacle Health Centre at Arilova, the minister opined that the state has to suffer in the health sector but in the last two years many hospitals were set up in the AP.
Super speciality block expanded
With a budget of `11 crore, two more floors had been constructed and were inaugurated on Sunday. The third floor of the building will have departments like Urology, Neurology, while the fourth floor will have gastroenterology and endocrinology wards. KGH superintendent M Madhusudhan Babu said that the new floors will accommodate 263 beds in addition to the existing 167 beds in the first and second floor.
Cardiology blocks inaugurated
The Health City got one more hospital after the inaugural of the Star Pinnacle Health Centre. The centre will have 100 beds with 15 doctors and 40 staff. Multispeciality services will start soon, said the authorities.