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Govt plans to set up ESI hospital in all districts: Minister

Hyderabad: The government is planning to set up ESI hospital in all the districts in the country, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment said here on Wednesday.

The minister said currently there are over 450 ESI hospitals across the country and plans are afoot to set up hospitals in other districts too.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a new OPD building and dedicating the ESI Medical College and Hospital to the nation, in Hyderabad.

Gangwar assured all kinds of support for strengthening the ESI Hospital network in Telangana and sought cooperation from the state government to speed up the processes required.

He said that steps would be taken to ensure that there is no dearth of doctors or para medical staff at ESI hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy stressed the need for announcing the ESI Medical College and Hospital in Hyderabad a model Hospital. He said that ESI Hospitals are providing better medical care than many private hospitals.

Stating that the Centre released Rs 1200 crore for setting up of an AIIMS hospital in Telangana, Reddy asked the state government to implement Ayushman Bharat programme so that more people would get health benefits in the state.

The new multi-storied Out Patient Department Block, constructed at a cost of Rs 124 crores, will provide medical services in various departments — ENT, Ophthalmology, General Medicine, Dermatology etc.

The medical college and hospital, one of the six medical colleges, with an intake of 100 MBBS admissions, every year has been constructed at a cost of Rs 534 crores.

The 150 bed super speciality and 470 bed hospital affiliated to the college, has been equipped with the state of the art equipment like Modular Operation Theatres, ICU to provide quality medical facilities.

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