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Lady Goshen Hospital to get modern building

Special Correspondent

Andhra Pradesh businessman to donate Rs. 18 crore for the project

— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Work launch:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa with businessman K. Raghava Naidu (third from right) at the foundation stone laying ceremony in Mangalore on Saturday.

MANGALORE: The Government Lady Goshen Hospital here is all set to get a modern building at a cost of Rs. 18 crore to be contributed by an Andhra Pradesh businessman.

The businessman, K. Raghava Naidu, is donating funds to the hospital in memory of his daughter Keerthi, who died of illness. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who laid the foundation stone for the building on Saturday, said the new structure would be named after Keerthi and approval had been granted in this regard.

Mr. Naidu recalled that he had met Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Mangalore City South MLA N. Yogish Bhat about two years ago and that the latter had impressed upon him to contribute his mite for the development of the 162-year-old hospital. He noted that 6,000 to 7,000 babies are born and one lakh patients benefit from the hospital every year. Impressed by its track record, he felt the hospital needed a facelift and decided to contribute funds through the foundation named after his daughter.

He has also offered to provide a 50,000 sq. ft building for SVS School in Bantwal, the alma mater of Mr. Bhat.

Lauded

The Chief Minister felicitated Mr. Naidu and his wife for the gesture. “This is a fine humanitarian gesture and deserves to be emulated,” he said, describing the function as a “rare and beautiful occasion.” Mr. Yeddyurappa observed that “donating is not easy” and extended hearty congratulations to the couple.

The 260-bed hospital will be able to accommodate 500 beds when the new building is ready.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said any additional funds and facilities that the hospital needed would be provided by the Government.

Earlier, Mr. Bhat said the Government should sanction about Rs. 10 crore for purchasing equipment to be installed in the new building and provide additional annual maintenance cost of Rs. 2.5 crore.

He said he was in contact with such large-hearted persons so as to get a super-speciality hospital constructed on the premises of the Government Wenlock Hospital at a cost of Rs. 150 crore.

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