HYDERABAD: A new in-patient block at Koti ENT Hospital was inaugurated by Minister for Medical Education and Health Insurance G. Aruna Kumari on Thursday. The hospital, struggling with a severe staff and infrastructure crunch, is aiming to introduce surgeries related to throat cancer and cochlear implants under ‘Arogyasri’ scheme in the near future.

However, before that, pending proposals like additional ENT units, construction of additional floors for ‘Arogyasri’ ward, operation theatre, diagnostic block and audiology and speech therapy departments have to be taken up. The Minister assured authorities that all possible efforts would be taken to upgrade the hospital.

Patients at ENT Hospital wait for six months for elective surgeries due to shortage of staff and infrastructure. There are only three ENT units in the hospital while the need is for six.

Bed strength

The hospital has a bed strength of 125 while the need is for 225 beds. After inaugurating the new block, the Minister agreed to upgrade the bed strength to 225, so that the hospital can be empanelled in the ‘Arogyasri’ scheme. The hospital authorities have submitted a proposal of Rs. 3 crore for the upgrade.