Hyderabad: The GHMC plans to inaugurate 44 new Basthi Dawakhanas within its limits. At present, the municipal corporation has 168 such dawakhanas which will increase to 212 with the addition of the new centres.

In May, Telangana’s minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T Rama Rao had inaugurated Basthi Dawakhanas at Yousufguda and Erragadda division. These were among the 45 dawakhanas inaugurated in the GHMC limits.

The new dawakhanas will be inaugurated in Secunderabad, Khairatabad, LB Nagar, Serlingampally, Kukatpally, and Charminar. These health care centres will be located in the slum areas to provide services to the urban poor and provide free medicine and diagnostic services.

“There are two Basthi Dawakhanas under Yousufguda circle, Serlingampally zone, that have played a crucial role during the pandemic. We have conducted almost 60 COVID-19 tests here every day. Apart from that, we have also provided OPD consultation, treatment for acute simple illnesses, and screening of non-communicable diseases such as BP, diabetes,” said Dr. Bindu Bhargavi, the assistant medical officer, Yousufguda.

The doctor further added, “The Basthi Dawakhana is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m in a few areas. Evening clinics are functioning based on the requirements of the residents. These clinics are very important and have played a crucial role in the treatment of the poor during the pandemic.”

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