Monday, April 11, 2016
Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday announced sanction of 100 bed ESI hospitals at Kakinada, Vizianagaram and Pydibhimavaram (Srikakulam) and upgrading new ESI hospital in Visakhapatnam from 300 to 500 beds with revision in outlay from Rs.420 crore to Rs.700 crore.
Dattatreya has announced of the decision following a request from the Chief Minster Chandrababu Naidu who attended the foundation stone for the ESI hospital in presence of Union Minister for Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu. Dattatreya said that he would issue orders immediately. He said that the ESI Hospitals sanctioned for Tirupati and between Guntur-Vijayawada would become super-specialties to render advanced medical care. He said all ESI Hospitals in the State will be modernized. The ESI hospital in the city will be a boon to north Andhra and would meet the requirements of 191 insured persons from three districts. The patients will be referred form 14 ESI Dispensaries, five panel clinics and one ESI Model dispensary cum diagnostic centre in the region.
The existing ESI hospital at Gandhigram at Scindia was established on January 26, 1972 . The hospital was set up land taken on lease from the Visakhapatnam port Trust and expired and the building had reached a dilapidated stage. The new hospital building will come up in an extent of 6.80 acres and have all the facilities for secondary care medical treatment for the insured persons and their family members.