The Telangana government took decision to shift the Government Tuberculosis and Chest Hospital to Anantagiri, Vikarabad. On Tuesday, Govt issued Rs 7.70 crore allocated to carry out repair works and renovation of the TB Sanatorium.
It is the only hospital for the respiratory diseases and it will not serve properly to the patients if hospital is shifted to another place. The employees of chest hospital were worried when the state revenue officers took land measurements.
A senior employee said, “The government order clearly shows the intention of the government. How can the state decide to shift a hospital 70 km from the city? How will patients come to Vikarabad? We are catering to patients from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and even Maharashtra. They are coming here because it is well-connected.”
Seventy percent of patients suffering from breathing or respiratory problems come to the chest hospital. There are patients of tuberculosis, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung cancer, swine flu (H1N1) and also HIV patients.
“It is not only the shifting of buildings, but a complete system involving patients, volunteers, doctors, paramedical staff and their service base of medicines and its outlets. The government has to understand these aspects before taking any decision.”
“As government employees we do not have a problem working anywhere but wherever the hospital is located there must be patients. This hospital is 40-years-old and is well established. Will relocating it far away serve the purpose?” said Dr Subhakar K., senior professor at the Chest Hospital.