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Minister for Health Galla Aruna Kumari along with K.V. Subba Rao, in-charge of VIMS, inspecting the progress of hospital works in the city on Sunday. —
Minister for Health Galla Aruna Kumari along with K.V. Subba Rao, in-charge of VIMS, inspecting the progress of hospital works in the city on Sunday. —

Special Correspondent

Also visits Hospital for Mental Care

VIMS to be ready for inauguration in December

With 1300 bed strength, it is the biggest in South India

VISAKHAPATNAM: Minister for Medical Education and Health Insurance Galla Aruna Kumari on Sunday visited the Government Hospital for Mental Care and inspected the ongoing construction work of the Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS).

The Minister went round all wards of the Hospital for Mental Care and expressed her happiness over their maintenance and general upkeep of the premises. She also checked the food being cooked in the hospital kitchen and went round an exhibition put up by Manovikasa, an organisation being run by the hospital for engaging the patients cured of the mental illness.

Project cost

At the VIMS site she was happy with the progress of work. Special Officer and Director of VIMS K.V. Subba Rao informed her that the first phase of the hospital with 450 beds taken up with Rs. 55 crores would be ready for inauguration during December. The total cost of the project is Rs. 209 crores.

Ms. Aruna Kumari, during her visit to the Hospital for Mental Care, wanted the colour of walls changed to a pleasant and light shade and told the kitchen staff to thoroughly clean the rice before cooking.

Principal of Andhra Medical College and senior psychiatrist K. Bhagya Rao and Hospital Superintendent K. Narasimha Reddi explained to her about the hospital.

Ms. Aruna Kumari also interacted with some of the patients. A professor of psychiatry N.N. Raju, who is in-charge of Manovikasa, and others were present.

At VIMS Dr. Subba Rao informed the Minister that the hospital with 1300-bed strength would be the biggest in South India. The process of recruiting doctors and other staff would commence next month. The recruitment would be through open advertisement. The proposals have been sent to the Government.

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