Apart from generating jobs, it will be a boon for pharma units in the region

At least 30 industries related to health sector will come up around the city, if the plans of the Central Government to set up a hospital-cum-research institution on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Vijayawada fructify.

A note approved by the Union Cabinet in February announced a series of sops, including a medical institute in Andhra Pradesh. Once the proposed facility becomes a reality, close to 800 personnel, including doctors and para-medical staff, will be needed to cater to the 60 and odd health wings at the facility. It will generate a daily requirement of medicines, surgical and sample examination equipments, cotton, bandage, plasters, gloves and syringes.

“Industries supplying these accessories are bound to come up once the Centre finalises the modalities for setting up the premier health institute here,” says M. Lakshmi Prasad, Principal Scientist and Managing Director of the Sujay Bio-Tech Private Limited.

Entrepreneurs also feel that the Centre’s decision will give a boost to the pharmaceutical industry in this region and generate employment opportunities in the health sector. It would also boost the industry catering to the need of the facility. For example, the material required for preparing bed-sheets and blankets can be collected from the neighbouring Guntur district, a hub for cotton trading. Blankets and bed-sheets can be acquired in bulk from weavers’ in Guntur and for latest medicines and other equipment, the institute can rely on the pharma companies operating from Hyderabad and the city, observe entrepreneurs.

Bioworld Research Technologies Scientist A. Rajyalakshmi says the proposed institute could improve the prospects of pharma industry. It would also benefit companies dealing with dietary products. “Hyderabad is a hub of health tourism and it is famous for gastroenterology and cardiology treatment. Those suffering from other ailments can also avail the services offered at the AIIMS,” she adds.

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