On Wednesday, The Telangana Doctors’ Association backed CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to shift the TB and Chest Hospital to Vikarabad. But objections by the opposition Congress and TD besides a section of hospital staff.
On the same day MP Mr Narasaiah Goud, along with Dr Veeresham, president of Telangana Doctors’ Association and other members met Mr Rao here at the Secretariat. And the doctors requested KCR to ensure basic amenities like residential quarters etc.
Shabbir Ali says Shift will cost OMC 11 seats
Telangana former minister and Congress vice-chief Mohammad Shabbir Ali demanded CM withdraw his “autocratic and inhuman” decision to shift the TB and Chest hospital from the city to Vikarabad. He said patients will face lots of problems but cost the Osmania Medical Hospital 11 post-graduate seats in pulmonology.
He said there are 670 beds in the hospital, nearly 200 patients with breathing or respiratory issues every day and 100 beds for HIV patients. Patients at various stages of TB, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, lung cancer, swine flu and HIV would face inconvenience if the hospital is shifted he added.
He said “How can the government expect patients suffering from serious respiratory disorders to travel 70 km,” and he added most of the patients are from poor background. This shifting may cause financial effect to patients he added.
He said logically that the chest hospital would lose 11 PG seats in pulmonology and a teaching hospital should be located within an 8-km radius of the medical college.
He said 300 employees will effect including 50 doctors. Mr Rao was initially planning to convert the hospital land into a parade ground. Now he wants to construct a new Secretariat said Ali.
Ali said while rejecting “The Secretariat will be half empty once the Andhra Pradesh government shifts base to its new capital. Therefore, there is no need for a new building.”