Being Human: US-based AP doctor donates her life savings Rs 20 Cr to build hospital in Guntur

Dr. Uma Devi Gavini, immunologist and allergy specialist in Tenali, Guntur district pursued her MBBS in 1965 at Guntur Medical College. After completing her education, she moved to the US. She has been an active member of the Guntur Medical College Alumni Association, North America (GMCANA. She served as its president in 2008.

By Sri Lakshmi Muttevi  Published on  8 Oct 2022 3:47 AM GMT
Being Human: US-based AP doctor donates her life savings Rs 20 Cr to build hospital in Guntur

Guntur: A doctor from Andhra Pradesh, working in the US has donated her life savings and property worth Rs 20 crore for the construction of the Mother and Child Hospital (MCH) at Guntur.

The hospital will be constructed on the premises of the Government General Hospital (GGH).

Dr. Uma Devi Gavini, immunologist and allergy specialist in Tenali, Guntur district pursued her MBBS in 1965 at Guntur Medical College. After completing her education, she moved to the US. She has been an active member of the Guntur Medical College Alumni Association, North America (GMCANA. She served as its president in 2008.

Health Minister Vidadala Rajini conducted Bhoomi Puja for the construction of MCH on Friday. Dr. Uma donated her life savings for the construction of the maternity block.

In memory of her husband:

Dr. Uma's husband Dr. Kanuri Ramachandra, passed away three years ago. The couple had no children. After his death, she decided to donate her savings and property. She announced her decision during the 17th reunion of Guntur Medical College Alumni of North America (GMCANA) held in Dallas recently.

MCH:

The hospital will have a 2.69 lakh sq feet area in Guntur. It will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 86.80 crore. The G+5 building will have 597 beds including 300 in the maternity ward, 200 in the child care unit, 27 in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), 30 SICU, and 40 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Also, 30 classrooms and an assembly hall with a capacity of 300 people will also be constructed. Andhra Pradesh government will spend Rs 35 crore and GMCANA will provide Rs 30 crore of which Dr. Uma's contribution is Rs 20 crore.

Inspiring many:

Dr. Uma has been always involved in developing various healthcare facilities. Inspired by her, doctors from GMCANA came forward to donate to the construction of the hospital. Dr. Uma's name was suggested for the MCH, but she declined. Now, it has been decided that the block will be named after her late husband Dr Kaanuri Ramachandra Rao.

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