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MGM Hospital to be upgraded

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– Photo: M. Murali

Spirited protest: Policemen taking Telangana activists who are trying to obstruct BC Welfare Minister B. Saraiah's visit to MGM Hospital in Warangal on Thursday, into custody.

WARANGAL: The State government plans to upgrade the MGM Hospital as a super speciality hospital and efforts are on to fill all the vacancies and improve facilities further, said BC Welfare Minister B. Saraiah here on Thursday.

The Minister said during the past few years hospital witnessed enormous development and the State government liberally sanctioned funds for buildings and infrastructure. “This is the biggest hospital in Telangana region and it always gets top priority in allocation of funds from the State government,” he said.

The Minister inaugurated a series of facilities on the hospital premises. A new centre for women and child welfare with a cost of Rs. 4 crore and Rs. 6 crore MRI and CT scanning facilities were inaugurated by the Minister. He also inaugurated the Nursing College on Kakatiya Medical College premises.

At the Regional Eye Hospital, the Minister inaugurated the new Cornea Operation theatre set up at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh and laid foundation stone for new buildings worth Rs. 2.3 crore at Government Ayurvedic College here in the town.

Principal Secretary of Health, P.V. Ramesh, said 21 posts of superintendents are vacant all over the State, which would be filled up by May-end.

“In the biggest-ever recruitment, 2,200 doctors were appointed in the recent past and also 3,760 nurses were also appointed,” he said.

Mr. Ramesh said another 600 nursing and 930 lab technician posts are vacant. He further said efforts are on to set up godowns at all headquarters to stock medicines. The requirement of medicines would be known online henceforth, he said.

Earlier in the day, the Minister had to wait for long time before proceeding to take part in the official programmes with the separate Telangana activists threatening to obstruct him.

As soon as the Minister reached the hospital, scores of activists tried to barge into the hospital premises shouting slogans and demanding resignation of Mr Saraiah in support of Telangana. However, the police took them into custody.

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