Works on AIIMS in Telangana will begin in six months, says Health Minister

Health Minister C Laxma Reddy at Fever Hospital on Tuesday.

Hyderabad: Health Minister Dr C Laxma Reddy on Tuesday said that efforts are on to ground the works related to construction of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in another six months. The State Health Department is doing its best to convince Centre so that the budget meant for various health-related schemes are released at the earliest.

The Health Minister, who inaugurated Acute Medical Care (AMC) unit, dispensary, library building and an auditorium at Fever Hospital on Tuesday, said that in the past few years, the State government had focused a lot on undertaking developmental activities in the healthcare sector.

“In the last two years, we undertook several initiatives in the healthcare sector. Stress was on improving medical infrastructure. As part of this process, close to 20 new ICUs were established across the State. As many as 40 new dialysis centres are coming-up in the entire State,” Dr Laxma Reddy said.

To take care of the needs of urban poor, the State has decided to establish nearly 1,000 Basthi Dawakhanas, he said.

“We are doing our best to focus on preventive aspects by conducting screening tests for diabetes, hypertension cancers, Asthma etc,” Dr. Laxma Reddy said.

Senior BJP leaders, Bandaru Dattatreya, G. Kishan Reddy, Director of Medical Education (DME), Dr. Ramesh Reddy and others were present.