Mancherial: Healthcare facilities in the district are set to get a push with plans to increase the number of beds and other infrastructure facilities at the Area hospital here and the upgrading of Bellampalli’s community health centre into a 100 bed hospital. These upgrades follow the recent introduction of several new and modern health services at the civil hospital here.
The improvement can be attributed to efforts of local legislators MLA Nadipelli Diwakar Rao and Dugam Chinnaiah.
Previously, the poor facilities at the government-run hospitals in Mancherial district, once a part of the backward Adilabad district, resulted in people from the unified Adilabad district being forced to visit private hospitals and shell out huge amounts even for simple treatment of seasonal diseases such as fever, diarrhoea and other simple ailments. It was common to find people making long trips to private hospitals in Karimnagar and Warangal for better quality services. Even now, it is not uncommon to see people visiting hospitals in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Wardha towns of neighbouring Maharashtra.
A sum of Rs 34.15 crore was granted for increasing the number of beds at Area hospital in Mancherial from 100 to 250 a few days back. Similarly, Rs 22.50 crore were sanctioned for raising the number of beds at Luxettipet’s community health centre from 30 to 100. Already, an Intensive Care Unit and Dialysis Unit were established at the civil hospital here for the convenience of patients.
TRS MLA Diwakar Rao told ‘Telangana Today’ that paramount importance was being given to creating sufficient healthcare infrastructure facilities in Mancherial Assembly constituency, considering the flow of patients from distant places. He thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for releasing funds to improve medical facilities in government hospitals, and added that efforts were on to enhance the services of all primary health centres located in mandal-quarters.
Likewise, coal belt town Bellampalli’s community health centre is going to be upgraded to a 100 bed hospital. A government order was issued a few weeks back for allocation of Rs 17.35 crore for this purpose. Chinnaiah, who represents the town, was appreciated by the locals for playing a vital role in bringing the funds.