The Government of Telangana has decided to move Erragadda Chest Hospital to Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district. A government order was issued on 27th Jan 2015 where in Rs 7.70 crore was allocated to carry out repair works and renovation of the TB Sanatorium.
Meanwhile, agitated employees stated that they would explore all options to ensure that it was not shifted away from the city. It is the only hospital exclusively for respiratory diseases and it will not serve the purpose of patients if it is relocated far away.
On Tuesday morning, the presence of state revenue officers taking land measurements got the employees of the Chest Hospital worried. Over 100 employees gathered and demanded what the officials were up to.
The buildings of the Chest Hospital are spread over 30 acre while it also has 30 acre of urban forestry.
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 per cent of the patients who come to the Chest Hospital have breathing or respiratory problems. There are patients of tuberculosis, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulm-onary Disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung cancer, swine flu (H1N1) and also HIV patients.