ANDHRA PRADESH

Minister kept waiting!

Stumped: Minister for Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad and Hospital Services Vanama Venkateswara Rao pulling up doctors for the unhygenic atmosphere during his surprise visit to the Government Ayurvedic Hospital at Charminar on Saturday-

Stumped: Minister for Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad and Hospital Services Vanama Venkateswara Rao pulling up doctors for the unhygenic atmosphere during his surprise visit to the Government Ayurvedic Hospital at Charminar on Saturday-   | Photo Credit: Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Staff Reporter

Finds his chambers locked in Secretariat

HYDERABAD: If you think that only commoners have to wait to voice grievances to officials at the Secretariat, think again. Even Ministers have to wait in front of their chambers till their staff come to work.

On Saturday morning, Minister for Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad and Hospital Services Vanama Venkateswara Rao was stumped when he found his chambers at ‘L’ block in the Secretariat locked with none around at 9.45 a.m. What made matters worse was the fact that he had in tow, a battery of presspersons.

He was to undertake a ‘surprise inspection’ of the Government Ayurvedic Hospital, Charminar.

Late start

The Minister’s gunmen summoned an office security guard who then opened the main doors. Of the five attenders, only one came at 10.10 a.m., followed by the Minister’s personal secretary Venkateswar. A vehicle kept for the media did not come. The programme finally began at 10.55 a.m. instead of the scheduled time of 10 a.m. after a van hired from a travel agency came.

At the Ayurvedic Hospital, the Minister rapped doctors for prescribing medicines and asking patients to buy them outside. He expressed his anger on authorities after seeing a bill with an elderly patient G. Krishna Murthy from Nampally. “He is a poor man. How can he buy medicines worth Rs.700 from outside? Please stop this kind of negligent attitude,” he told them.

Hundreds of patients suffering from paralysis, facial palsy and osteoarthritis problems undergo treatment at this 200-bed hospital. A majority complained of lack of drinking water and stench from toilets.

Better facilities

The Minister told reporters later that he had advised doctors to ensure better facilities to patients and added that he would soon hold a review meeting with officials to discuss pending issues confronting various Government hospitals.

Meanwhile, students of Government Ayurvedic Medical College submitted a memorandum requesting him to pursue allotment of land to the college at Darulshifa in the old city.

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