If the buzz is to be believed, the Telangana state government is striving to make the Bibinagar NIMS Hospital operational from August 15. It is learnt that the government is keen to establish OPD services at least on the said date.
It was in 2009, just before the general elections, the name of The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) branch of Bibinagar was in the news. Otherwise, it becomes the devil’s paradise over a period of time. Now it is set to become operational in a couple of months, reportedly.
Construction that was stalled midway has commenced again at the facility after the new Telangana state government and local public representatives put pressure on the NIMS administration to complete the work on the much-awaited 1,000-bed healthcare facility and may start the OP services at the earliest.
According to sources, it would take some time certainly to bundle up the project complete the 1000-bed hospital but the efforts to start the outpatient departments have been initiated at the 155-acre premises.
Sources said that transportation including ambulances will have to be arranged to shuttle between Bibinagar and Punjagutta located 45 kilometers apart. The hospital has recently asked the new state government to release Rs 10 crore to complete the works.
It was Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, the late chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, who had inaugurated this facility a few months before the 2009 elections and promised that the out-patient services would take off immediately followed by in-patient services two months later. Though the building was ready then, the electrical and civil works were still pending and it lacked medical equipment. At least Rs 75 crore has been pumped already in the upcoming hospital.
While several announcements were made by subsequent chief ministers about early materialisation of the hospital, the uncertainty continued. The hospital is supposed to cater to the healthcare needs of people from Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Warangal districts that lack tertiary care medical facilities.
Source: Thehans India