Hyderabad: Senior public health expert and widely regarded as an authority in emergency health services, Dr. A. P. Ranga Rao passed away in the wee hours of Sunday at his residence in Somajiguda, near Yashoda Hospitals. He was 75.
Dr. Ranga Rao, who hailed from Vallabhi village in Mudigonda Mandal in Khammam district had been ailing for some time. He completed his MBBS in 1964 from Gandhi Medical College and held various positions in government health services in Bhadrachalam and Hyderabad. After retiring in 1999, the senior physician became highly sought-after consultant for various health initiatives.
He was also the Chairman of Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital and Chief Advisor for Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI). For a long time, the senior physician was associated with 108 ambulance services and 104 health helpline.
Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his condolences over the death of the well-known doctor, who was also the Secretary of united Andhra Pradesh Red Cross Society. The Chief Minister recalled how Dr. Ranga Rao had dedicated his entire life to providing medical services to the poor and bring qualitative change in the government medical care and services.
Some of his close associates, including Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) to the CM, Vanam Jawala Narasimha Rao, described him as creative thinker and great human being. “He worked for the Jogins by creating homes, and providing education for their children. He contributed a lot to create a world-class ambulance service through 108 services,” Jwala said.
Health Minister, Dr. C Laxma Reddy, Minister for Roads and Buildings, Tummala Nageswar Rao, senior retired IAS officers including former Chief Secretary, united AP, Jandhyala Harinarayan, former Vigilance Commissioner, R. C. Samal, Sujata Rao and others paid their last respects. The last rites of the senior doctor, who is survived by wife and son, were performed on Sunday afternoon at Punjagutta crematorium.