Sunday, March 13, 2016
Former Minister Dadi Veerabhadra Rao on Sunday demanded that VIMS should be given university status besides starting of outpatient services along with allocation of Rs.300 crore.
Veerabhadra Rao recalled the Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s promise that the first Cabinet meeting in Visakhapatnam after TDP came to power that VIMS would be made operational in 100 days had not so far been materialized even after two years. Not even a single rupee has been allocated in the recent budget. He reiterated the demand that VIMS should not be privatized and reminded of the TDP that agitated for the super specialty hospital when in opposition.
The Minister of Health Kamineni Srinivas will hold a high level meeting with the university Vice Chancellors in presence of the Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on March 15 to decide modalities on running the super specialty hospital will be worked out and finalized. Dr.NTR Health University doesn’t have a super specialty hospital attacked to it, VIMS has been crying for funds for completion of construction and also be operationalized. L The plans to develop it into a super specialty hospital on the lines of Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad and SVIMS of Tirupati were hit due to lack of adequate funds. There are plans to develop the 1,300 bed VIMS with specialization wings in oncology, neurology, trauma care, cardiology and gastroenterology. Buildings for only six specialty blocks have been completed at a cost of Rs.55 core and works were stopped due to paucity of funds. The health minister said that since its not a viable for the Simhachalam Devasthanam Board to run VIMS, we have decided to handover the operations to Dr.NTR University of Health Sciences that has around Rs.350 crore funds. VIMS will be opened and priority will be given to start the Out Patient facility from April 7 onwards’, he said.