Monday, April 11, 2016
Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu today inaugurated the Out Patient department of the Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences and an emergency medical wing with 50 beds today. The OP would be conducted from 9am to 2pm every day.
The foundation for the VIMS was laid by the then Chief Minister late Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy in 2007 on a 110 acre site of Hanumanthawaka with the plan to build 15 blocks to accommodate 1,300 beds and to provide super speciality treatment to the patients of Uttarandhra and adjoining districts of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The cost of the project then was Rs.203 crore but by 2010 only six blocks could be built with an expenditure of Rs.75 crore and the project got stuck while the estimated cost of the total project went up to Rs.565 crore. Chandrababu Naidu spent went round the two wings he inaugurated and was explained the features of the hospital by OSD of the hospital and HoD of Plastic Surgery of KGH P.V.Sudhakar and others. Visakha MP K.Hari Babu said that he would provide funds for purchasing two ambulances for the hospital from his MPLADS funds.
The State Government has decided to attach the VIMS that was made operations to NTR University of Health Sciences. After receiving official communication from the government, NTRUHS would start post-graduate and super speciality courses at VIMS said its Vice Chancellor Dr T.Raviraju. The State Government wants to attach the VIMS to NTRUHS since the university can take care of the financial burden but Dr Raviraju feels that it was difficult to run an institution with university’s own finances and the State Government’s support was necessary. The VIMS must also be able to generate its own revenue like NIMS in Hyderabad, he said.