Posted: Posted Date – 5:42 PM, Fri – 20 May 22
Yadadri-Bhongir: A handful of patients awaiting treatment in outpatient departments, only three inpatients undergoing treatment in the 100-bed ward and not a single surgery performed in the recent past. A visit to the highly publicized All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bibinagar in the district, portrays the sad situation, reflecting the Centre’s discrimination against Telangana.
Although the state government has handed over a 22-acre campus with fully constructed buildings, the union government appears to have failed to meet the needs of the people of Telangana through the AIIMS-Bibinagar campus. The hospital not only lacks several important facilities, but also has nearly half of the vacancies for doctors, nurses and other staff.
Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy visited the campus twice with great fanfare and reviewed the activities, but there was no major support from the Center. Since the Center announced the AIIMS in Bibinagar, the facility has only received Rs 23.85 crore against the budget allocation of Rs 1,028 crore till the fiscal year 2021-22. While the Center aimed to make the facility fully operational by 2022, no major progress has been made to date.
As of May 2020, the Telangana government had allocated over 201 acres to AIIMS-Bibinagar for expansion. But there has been no response from the union government in this regard as well.
Health Minister T Harish Rao who visited the AIIMS-Bibinagar campus on Friday expressed his strong dissatisfaction with the medical services and infrastructure developed at the hospital. After inspecting the facility, Harish Rao told the media that the state government handed over buildings constructed on 22 acres of land in Bibinagar to the AIIMS Development Center after the formation of Telangana State.
“Unfortunately, the Out Patients (OP) wing, which was established by the state government earlier with Rs 45 lakh for NIMS-Bibinagar, is currently extending basic medical services to the people. Not a single building or new facility has been constructed after it was handed over to the Center for AIIMS Installation in the last three years,” he said. Even the blood bank and operating room have not been set up, indicating the Centre’s neglect of the development of AIIMS in Telangana State.
He wondered if the union’s tourism minister, G Kishan Reddy, who represents Telangana, had a responsibility to bring the matter to the Centre’s attention. The state government would write a letter to the union health minister on the poor condition of AIIMS-Bibinagar.
According to him, 212 medical students from three batches of MBBS were studying at Bibinagar AIIMS. However, they had no facility to learn medical procedures. Keeping the interests of the students in mind, the state government has also linked Bhongir Area Hospital with AIIMS to facilitate student learning of the procedures.
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that AIIMS extends similar health services to the primary health center (PHC) alone. Government medical colleges in Suryapet and Siddipet which started around the same period of launching Bibinagar AIIMS now have state-of-the-art buildings,” he added.
Bibinagar AIIMS Director Dr. Vikas Bhatia, Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav, MPs Pylla Shekar Reddy and Gadari Kishore Kumar were also present.