District Collector Neetu Prasad on Monday inaugurated video endoscopy facility at the ENT wing of the Government General Hospital here. City-based Durga Somu Prasad Charitable Trust sponsored the equipment that costs about Rs. 1.5 lakh.

Ms. Neetu observed that the ENT wing was away from development for the last 25 years owing to paucity of funds. She said that corporate firms and service organisations were now coming forward to donate modern equipment to the GGH, as part of fulfilling their corporate social responsibility.

Referring to the video endoscopy facility, Ms. Neetu said that private hospitals were charging Rs. 500 to conduct the test, which would be carried out free of cost at the GGH henceforth. She said that the equipment would enable the doctors having a better idea about the problem, besides allowing the patients to watch the video footage of their heath issue.

Lauding the charitable trust’s initiative, the Collector called upon other service organisations to come out with generous contributions to develop the hospital. Trust chairman Durga Somu Prasad, GGH RMO V. Ravi Kumar, Head of the ENT department G.S.N. Murthy, and others were present.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Neetu flagged off a truck carrying relief materiel for the cyclone victims at Tuni. It was arranged by the Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited. In all, there were 820 kits and each kit consists of clothes, utensils, and groceries.

She said that several philanthropists donated 4,200 kits so far, which were being disbursed to the cyclone victims. Service organisations from other districts too were coming forward to help the victims, she said.

Help sought from service organisations for development of the hospital