Staff Reporter

Constructed at cost of Rs. 18.7 cr; hospital gets MRI, CT Scan

  • New blocks will house operation theatres, emergency, casualty, radiology wings, out patient wards
  • Wards for HIV and tuberculosis patients will be part of new blocks

    HYDERABAD: The wait is finally over for Gandhi Hospital. Well, partially at least.

    Three blocks constructed a year back adjacent to the main building of the hospital in Musheerabad are all set for inauguration in the first week of October. More importantly, the long-pending demand of the hospital to have an MRI and CT Scan too has been addressed. The equipment will be launched along with the new blocks.

    The new blocks, slated to house operation theatres, emergency, casualty and radiology wings along outpatient wards and a hostel for junior doctors, were constructed at a cost of Rs.18.7 crores. With no equipment or staff being provided by the Government, they were barely used for more than a year.

    The absence of a CT Scan and MRI had been putting patients to difficulties, forcing them to approach expensive private clinics and diagnostic centres. However, in spite of several representations from various quarters and even directives from the SHRC, the Andhra Pradesh Medical Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation took its own time to procure the equipment.

    Shifting wings

    According to Gandhi Hospital Superintendent B. Balaraju, the process of shifting the emergency, casualty and OP wards from the main building to the new blocks has already begun. Wards for HIV and tuberculosis patients would also be part of the new blocks, he said.

    However, hospital sources say the jubilation could be short-lived if Government did not address a few more issues that could snowball into bottlenecks soon. "The bed strength of the hospital has now gone up from 1,012 beds to 1,500 beds. However, the strength of nurses and Class IV employees remains at 200 each. According to Government rules, we should have another 200 of both," sources say.

    Dr. Balaraju says he has written to the State Government to sanction at least 100 nurses. "But that will take some time and we cannot postpone the shifting of the wings to the new blocks anymore. So we are going ahead with the existing strength," he adds.