Wanaparthy MLA Singireddy Niranjan Reddy said healthcare was the fundamental right of every citizen and that the State government had been upholding this principle by expanding and extending the public healthcare system in Telangana like never before. Addressing a gathering at the foundation-stone laying ceremony for Government Mother and Child Hospital (MCH) in Wanaparthy town on Monday, he said the decision to establish separate hospitals for pregnant women and new borns was taken to prevent them from contracting dangerous communicable diseases, which could spread in a hospital environment where patients suffering from various diseases were being treated on the same premises. The new 100-bed MCH is being built on Gopalpet road on the outskirts of Wanaparthy town at a cost of Rs 17 crore. Niranjan Reddy appreciated the staff of the Medical and Health Department for doing a great job in providing quality medical care to patients in the government hospitals in the district. He also lauded the efforts of District Collector Sweta Mohanty for completing the land acquisition for the MCH.
He said a 400-bed government hospital for the district was already approved by the State Cabinet and that there was enough space available to construct more blocks at the MCH, so as to enable construction of a government medical college in the district, which had been the aspiration of the people of Wanaparthy. He also directed the officials to complete the construction of the MCH within 9 months and hoped more medical and health staff would be recruited in the district by the government soon. He also hoped the government would increase the salaries of contract workers of the Medical and Health Department. P Krishna Murthy, Chairman, Telangana State Medical Industrial Development Corporation, who also performed Bhumi Puja for the MCH, appreciated the efforts of medical and health officials across the State for effectively ensuring that common people receive the benefits of public healthcare system effectively. He also said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao knew that people in rural areas were spending huge sums of money on healthcare for mothers and children; therefore, he introduced various healthcare schemes. – Telangana Today