Hyderabad: The stage is all set to lay the foundation stone for the Rs 250-crore exclusive towers project at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS). The multi-specialty hospital will have individual towers for integrated outpatient services, mother and child care, nephrology and urology departments.
Inspired by Madras Medical College in Chennai, where a similar concept is being implemented, the nephrology and urology blocks are expected to meet all healthcare needs under one roof, including kidney and liver transplants.
Senior NIMS officials said the architectural design plans of each block and other details were already finalised and it is a matter of days, if not months, before the foundation stone ceremony and construction of the project gets under way.
The new blocks on the 10-acre land in Erramanzil is expected to meet the increasing demand for mother and child care, chronic kidney and liver ailments. In addition to the individual blocks, authorities also plan to completely revamp the outpatient services by adding an integrated outpatient facility, which will be a major relief for patients and healthcare workers, who currently operate out of the NIMS old building, which is constricted for space.
“We are just waiting for the State government’s nod so that the foundation stone can be laid and the works started at the earliest. The vetting of the design and architecture of the individual blocks are completed,” NIMS Director Dr K Manohar said.
A separate integrated block for outpatients, nephrology, urology and mother and child at NIMS is vital for Hyderabad, especially for State-run healthcare institutes, because medical care at private hospitals is beyond the reach of many. People are now turning up in droves to State-run institutions, including Gandhi Hospital and Osmania General Hospital (OGH).
Following the launch of direct cash transfer and KCR Kits, the admission of pregnant women too increased, which put a lot of pressure on infrastructure and manpower at maternity hospitals in Sultan Bazaar and Petlaburj.
Moreover, at NIMS, the patient inflow steadily was on the rise — on a typical outpatient day, anywhere from 800 to 900 new patients get themselves registered while another 500 revisit the outpatient facilities for follow-up.