Eluru: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy laid the foundation stone for the Government Medical College in Eluru , on Friday. The government has already released Rs 20 crore for the college work out of the total budget of Rs 266 crore allocated for its construction.
The Chief Minister who is in the district for the first time since he took office on May 30 was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Pilli Subhash Chandrqa Bose,local MP Kotagiri Sridhar, district collector Revu Muthyala Raju and Minister Taneti Vanitha and other officials.
The government in 2018 sanctioned the Government Medical College and the Medical Council of India (MCI) had earlier issued guidelines for the construction of the building. Initially 100 seats would be allocated which has also been approved by the MCI and would be later increased.
A 518-bed hospital is located in an area of 12 acres within the vicinity of the government medical college. As the college requires around 50 acres of land in total, the government is planning to build the college close to the hospital and then acquire land on the outskirts of the city to build hostels for 380 students and accommodation for teaching and non-teaching staff.
The Chief Minister has set the target of completing the construction by 2021 and the funding would be taken from the fiscal year of 2019-2020. GO No 114 was already issued to this effect on October 1st. With the establishment of this college, medical education will be made available to the students of the district and the modern medical services will be more accessible to the poor. District residents are happy that more research and advanced medical facilities in the medical field will be made available to the public.
Officials have confirmed that the Government General Hospital has all the required and necessary infrastructure, modern medical equipment, beds, land, and medical team in place as per the MCI norms. It serves a wide range of disciplines including General Medicine, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology, TB & CD, Skin and STD, Trauma care and ICU. The hospital was developed into a super specialty hospital during the late CM Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy's tenure.
The Chief Minister later launched the YSR Vahana Mithra scheme and issued cheques to the beneficiaries at ceremony held in the Indoor stadium.