Continuing his practice of inspecting Government-run tertiary hospitals in Hyderabad, Deputy Chief Minister K. Rajaiah visited Osmania General Hospital (OGH) on Tuesday to interact with patients and hospital staff.

During the visit, he also flagged-off two food distribution vehicles that will carry free lunch to attenders in government hospitals, run under ‘Bhojanamrita’ scheme of Hare Krishna Movement (HKM).

The hospital staff, especially senior doctors from Telangana Government Doctors Association (TGDA), who also felicitated Dr. Rajaiah, highlighted a host of issues that have impacted medical services at OGH. Their primary demand was construction of a new OGH building for better patient services.

Due to limited space, existing old in-patient building is unable to meet the patient inflow.

“It is a heritage building and can’t be demolished. Getting permission to construct a more than five storey hospital complex in the vicinity of the heritage building is tough. We have requested the Minister to consider the sprawling campus of Chanchalguda jail for a new OGH block,” TGDA doctors said.

The present OGH campus is less than six acres and senior doctors maintained that in future, as the number of patients increase, there is not much scope for expansion. “Chanchalguda jail is on 60 acres and abutting it there is a printing press. Including both these buildings, the total area will be 110 acres of land. This will be enough to transform OGH into an AIIMS type institute,” doctors, urged the Minister.

The hospital staff also highlighted the problem of sanitation and security at OGH. “Instead of giving sanitation and security (S&S) to third party agencies, Government should take the responsibility. The existing sanitation personnel are not prompt and responsible. There is also a need to establish a general hospital at Erragadda Chest Hospital and a dental college,” they said.

While promising all possible support to OGH, the Minister pointed out that it is also the responsibility of the doctors and other hospital staff to work hard and provide good services to poor patients.

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