“Construction of all 16 medical schools in the state will be completed by December 2023 at a cost of ₹ 8,000 crore.”
Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new medical college in Anakapalle in the district on Monday, along with 13 other medical colleges in various locations across the state, through the virtual mode of his camp office in Tadepalli on Monday.
The foundation stones for the construction of teaching hospitals in Paderu in the Visakhapatnam district and in Pulivendula in the YSR Kadapa district were laid in the past by the Prime Minister and work on these two colleges has already started.
Mr Jagan said all 16 medical colleges would be completed by December 2023 at a cost of 8,000 billion yen. In addition, land would be made available free of charge to individuals, the super-specialist hospitals in county headquarters and local authorities. All of this would transform health infrastructure in different counties and bring Andhra Pradesh on par with Tier 1 cities like Hyderabad and Chennai, all of which have specialized medical facilities, he said.
While Ms. Jayalakshmi of Jaggery Town expressed her gratitude to the Chief Minister for approving an anakapalle medical school, she collapsed while videoconferencing with him. “My husband tested positive for COVID-19 and I took him to a hospital in the city in an auto rickshaw. I was told that his oxygen saturation was very low and that it was the only way to get him to the city of Visakhapatnam, about 40 km away. I called ambulance ‘104’ and their timely help in getting my husband to VIMS saved his life. He was released after his satiety improved to 95, ”she said. “The admission of COVID-19 to Aarogyasri was a blessing for me as I did not have to pay the treatment costs,” added Ms. Jayalakshmi.
District Collector V. Vinay Chand informed the Chief Minister that the two hospitals to be built in Paderu and Anakapalle in the district would have one and a half to two patients for people from the tribal or, in the absence of highly specialized medical facilities in these locations, patients Travel hours to reach the city.
Anakapalle MLA Gudivada Amarnadh said the proposed state teaching hospital would remain engraved on the city’s history. It would meet the medical needs of the people in Chodavaram, Madugula and other areas, he said.
Anakapalle MP BV Satyavathi spoke. Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao was present.