Medical treatment remains to be out of reach for hundreds of poor families that reside in Nandavanam colony. The colony comprises hundreds of flats constructed and distributed by the Government as part of various housing schemes meant for the poor.
In absence of an Urban Health Post the local residents depend on private clinics that have mushroomed in the vicinity of their colony for medical treatment. The local population comprises BPL families', mostly daily wage earners. Even a few diagnostic centres have come up in the area.
“There is no alternative but to spend money and take treatment at the private clinics,” says Ravinder Naik, an auto driver and a local resident. “The authorities have constructed such a big colony keeping in the view the housing needs of the poor people, they could have set up an UHP,” says Sikander, a daily wage earner.
Thanks to the cheaper consultation fees charged by the private clinics the local population is not deprived of the Medical treatment. “Twenty five rupees is a large amount for us, but medical treatment is more important,” says Laxmi, a housewife.
“In case the local doctors ask us to get some medical tests done, we go to Osmania Hospital or Saroornagar hospital,” says another local resident.
For the time being it will be enough that the authorities start a UHP as seasonal ailments are a common in the area owing to unhealthy surroundings, say the locals.