MCH super-speciality block coming up in GGH

view of the Government General Hospital in Guntur , which will soon have a mother and child care facility.

view of the Government General Hospital in Guntur , which will soon have a mother and child care facility.   | Photo Credit: T. Vijaya Kumar

Alumni have come forward to take up the ₹65 crore project

The oldest teaching hospital in the state, Government General Hospital, Guntur is set to add another new facility, a Mother and Child Hospital soon. Tenders for the construction of MCH block would be called soon. District Collector Kona Sasidhar on Monday reviewed the designs of the upcoming facility with Superintendent, GGH, DS Raju Naidu and other officials.

The Collector who reviewed various proposals during the Hospital Development Society meet held on Friday, said that work would begin after the designs were approved.

The MCH block is expected to ease the enormous pressure on the GGH. The departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology face a heavy rush of patients from rural areas as facilities for institutional deliveries are poor. Many times, two women were seen sharing a single bed in post natal wards.

And yet again, it is alumni of the Guntur Medical College who have come forward to take up the project. Guntur Medical College Association of North America (GMCANA) will enter an MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to construct the hospital on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. GMCANA has contributed to the construction of Podila Prasad Super specialty trauma facility, has given a new dimension to GGH, a referral hospital for four districts.

The 600-bedded MCH block would have six floors and would be built at a cost of Rs. 65 crore.

The State government would build the ground, first and the second floors, while GMCANA would complete the remaining two floors at the site in which the old block has stood. The hospital is being built with a grant of Rs.20 crore from National Health Mission, a grant of Rs.15 crore from State Government and GMCANA is expected to contribute Rs.30 crore.

Proposals to build the Mother and Child unit on GGH premises were submitted to the AP government three years ago.

Mr. Sasidhar, who gave a piece of his mind to the agency entrusted with the operation and maintenance of equipment, said that a notice has been served on the company to complete the pending 58 works within a week. Complaints relating to malfunctioning of lights in operation theatre, leakage of pipes in bathrooms and frequent repairs to diagnostic equipment have been increasing in recent times, he said.

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