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No dearth of funds for government hospitals: KCR

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday said that there was no dearth of funds to improve facilities in government hospitals. He assured that the State Government would release adequate funds to provide better healthcare to poor people.

The Chief Minister gave this assurance while addressing a review meeting at his camp office on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Lakshma Reddy and other senior officials.

KCR said that the State Government would soon establish four new hospitals in the city of 1,000 bed capacity. He directed the officials to identify suitable locations for the proposed hospitals. He said these hospitals would be set up in Uppal, LB Nagar, Malkajgiri, Cantonment, Kukatpally, Qutbullahpur areas. He said that the King Koti hosptal would be upgraded int multi-specialty hospital. Smilarly, the present building of MGM Hospital in Warangal would be allocated for treatment of women and children. He said big towers would be constructed in the hospital premises.

The Chief Minister also informed that a university, medical college and hospital would be constructed in the existing premises of Warangal Central Jail. Likewise, the governments hospitals in Karimnagar, Khammam and Suryapet would be upgraded and new buildings will be constructed. He said all districts would have 4 MRI, CT Scan, Ultra Sound and Memography facilities. These facilities would be available at 40 places across the State.

KCR said additional payment would be made to the doctors working in rural areas. He also announced the waiver of condition of doctors residing near Primary Health Centre area. He said all facilities would be provided in government medical colleges.

The Chief Minister said that the Telangana Government would emulate the Tamil Nadu model in providing free medical facilities to poor people. He said a team, led by the Health Minister, would soon visit Tamil Nadu, to study their model. He said the emergency services 104 and 108 would be improved and they would be linked with highway patrolling vehicles. (INN)