Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has announced immediate release of Rs 50 crores for the Trauma Care Centre being set up in the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Punjagutta.
The Chief Minister inspected the works of the centre on Thursday. The NIMS authorities have brought to the notice of the Chief Minister about the need for the release of further funds for the project estimated to cost Rs 137 crores. Responding immediately, the Chief Minister announced release of Rs 50 crores.
The Chief Minister, who visited the OP ward, Operation Theatres and other wards under construction, has directed the authorities to complete the works soon and not to compromise with quality.
The Chief Minister said that the Union government has agreed to set up a Regional Institute of Para Medical Sciences at a cost of Rs 74 crores in the government land beside the NIMS compound. He also directed the officials to take all necessary steps to implement the project.
The Chief Minister has reviewed the working of NIMS as the chairman of the governing council. Stating that 22 per cent of Arogyasri cases were now being treated in the government hospitals, he said that steps were being taken to increase it to 35 per cent. Asserting that the government was keen on the health of the people, he said it was spending Rs 2 lakhs on each of the Arogyasri surgeries.
Responding to the request of Prince Muffakham Jha, who is a member of the Governing Council, the Chief Minister has directed that a liaison officer be appointed to coordinate the working of the Nizam Charitable Trust and the NIMS Management.
Stating that the government would take further steps on the Super Speciality Campus of the NIMS being set up at Bibi Nagar after receipt of a report on the project, the Chief Minister directed the authorities to immediately submit a report.
After the meeting concluded, the Chief Minister paid a surprise check to the ninth ward and enquired with the patients about the facilities made available t them. He asked one Venkata Krishnaiah of Kollapur and Lokesh of Punganuru, who were standing outside the ward about their health condition.
The Medical and Health Minister, Dr D L Ravindra Reddy, the Special Secretary of the Finance Department, Mr Sudhir, the CM’s special secretary, Mr J Satyanarayana, the NIMS Director, Mr Prasanta Mahapatra, the Medical and Health department Principal Secretary, Mr P V Ramesh, and other officials accompanied the Chief Minister. (NSS)