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ROADMAP: I.V. Subba Rao, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, receiving a report from Director of SVIMS G. Subrahmanyam on Friday.
ROADMAP: I.V. Subba Rao, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, receiving a report from Director of SVIMS G. Subrahmanyam on Friday.

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Centre to bear 50 per cent of the cost; State, TTD to chip in with the rest

The process is being taken up under PMSSY It is implemented in half-a-dozen super-speciality hospitals in the country

TIRUPATI: Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), the TTD-run Super-specialities hospital here with a `Deemed University' status, has set in motion the process to get about a dozen of its core departments upgraded under the Prime Minister's Swasthya Suraksha Yozna (PMSSY) on Friday.

Director of the Institute G. Subramanyam presented to Principal Secretary of Medical and Health I.V. Subba Rao a detailed report naming the departments, which would be developed under the Rs.120 crore scheme.

Seeks to upgrade

The scheme being implemented in about half a dozen government-run super-speciality hospitals in the country and seeks to upgrade them to the status of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh is the only state, which bagged the scheme for two of its super-specialities hospitals-- NIMS, Hyderabad and SVIMS, Tirupati.

Of the Rs.120 crores that was being released to the SVIMS under the scheme, while the centre is expected to bear 50 per cent of the cost, the remaining 50 per cent is expected to be shared by the State Government and the TTD in equal ratio.

Expresses satisfaction

The SVIMS Director said that in the report he had submitted to the Principal Secretary who was on a visit to the hospital on Friday, he had named for the purpose of upgrading the departments like Cardiology, Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Neurology and Neuro-Surgery, Oncology, Nephrology, Urology, Plastic Surgery, General Medicine, General Surgery and Radiology.

He said that the Principal Secretary, who went around the wards in the hospital and later addressed the students and expressed his immense satisfaction over its working.

He had even promised to help the SVIMS secure some more funds, the Director said.

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