A 50-bedded Community Health Centre (CHC) under Telangana Vaidya Vidhan Parishad (TVVP), developed with a cost of Rs 4.53 crore by the State government, was thrown-open for general public here on Thursday.

Upgraded from six-beds to a 50-bed facility, the new facility caters to the healthcare needs of local population residing in Ameerpet, Sanathnagar, Banjara Hills, Punjagutta, Srinagar Colony and other neighbouring residential areas.

The Ameerpet CHC has ground plus two floors with each floor spread over 9,451 sft. Apart from free consultation with doctors, the new facility offers an array of diagnostic facilities including ECG, X-ray and other facilities, which were procured with a cost of Rs 50 lakh.

“I thank Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for readily agreeing to upgrade this six-bed facility into a 50 bed facility. Very soon, we are also going to start a free dialysis facility, which will be a boon for the urban poor in the neighbouring localities,” Minister for Animal Husbandry, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who inaugurated the building along with Union Minister for Culture, G Kishan Reddy, said.

The residents from the nearby localities in Ameerpet will not have to travel to a tertiary healthcare facility like OGH and Gandhi Hospital, as many medical services are available at the Ameerpet CHC.

Earlier, before the formation of Telangana, the proposal was to upgrade the six-bedded Ameerpet CHC to a 30 bed facility with a cost of Rs 2.97 crore. However, inordinate delays in release of funds impacted the expansion proposals.

“In 2017, the Chief Minister decided to upgrade the facility to a 50-bedded hospital and allocated Rs 7.47 crore. The construction of the CHC, which began in 2018, had to be halted due to the pandemic,” Srinivas Yadav said.

MLC Surabhi Vani Devi, District Collector L Sharman, TSMSIDC MD Chandrashekhar Reddy and other senior health officials were present.

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