Hyderabad: Doctors of Osmania Hospital, Afzalgunj, took to the streets on Tuesday demanding that the existing hospital building should be replaced with a new one.
Members of the Government Doctors Association, Junior Doctors Association and Paramedical Staff Association of the Osmania Hospital said that they have been facing inconvenience in providing treatment to the patients in the existing building.
“Our hospital was flooded last week and we could not even shift the patients to a different ward,” they said.
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The protesters reminded that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had promised to construct new building in 2014. “But the proposal could not be taken ahead as heritage conservationists and opposition parties said that the existing building was an integral part of the city’s heritage,” they said.
“We are asking for a new building only to provide better and proper medicare to the poor who cannot afford to visit corporate hospitals,” said Dr Laxmi Pratibha, assistant professor of general medicine at the hospital.
She added that all the patients had to be shifted to a single ward after the wards in the ground floor got flooded last week and maintaining physical distance has become a problem.
“After the water receded, we realised that the building has degraded to a great extent. In order to provide proper care to patients and perform our duties properly, we need better infrastructure,” said Dr Raghu Racha, general secretary, Government Doctors Association.
The staff of the hospital said that they would be continuing the protests till the foundation for a new building was laid