G.V.Ramana Rao

Works being carried out in line with Medical Council of India's norms

VIJAYAWADA: Hectic activity is going on to construct various facilities for patients visiting the Government General Hospital, Gunadala. Work is in progress to develop the infrastructure on the GGH premises and it will be used to meet the needs of Siddhartha Medical College and Government Dental College. The works are being carried out as per the Medical Council of India norms.

Buildings are coming up for housing a dental college, a nursing college, lecture halls and additional hostel rooms. They are at various stages of construction. Works estimated to cost over Rs. 20 crores are in progress.

Necessary funds for developing infrastructure were raised as loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) in order to maintain the MCI norms by Andhra Pradesh Medical and Health Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMHIDC). An amount of Rs. 16 crores was obtained as loan.

Government Dental College is currently located in the erstwhile administrative block of the APSRTC. The nursing college is functioning on the Siddhartha Medical College (SMC) premises.

The APMHIDC is also giving finishing touches to the second block of the GGH by building a modern mortuary and additional hostel accommodation. They are being created to upgrade the facilities at the teaching hospital. And, an additional floor has been constructed in maternity and child health block on the old GGH premises in Hanumanpet.

For the Government Dental hospital, buildings will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.5 crores. The ladies' and men's hostels will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.25 crores each. The Nursing College buildings will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 3 crores and a large lecture hall that can accommodate 180 students will be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 1 crore.

The APMHIDC has set for itself a target of completing all the buildings in one year. Some of the buildings will be ready in a couple of months. The second block of the GGH being spruced with Rs. 3 crores and the modern mortuary constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1 crore will be ready in two months. Work on a diagnostic block to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crores has just begun.