Chief Minister: Will turn Amaravati into a medical hub
THE HANS INDIA |
Aug 17,2017 , 04:46 AM IST
Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Amaravati would become a medical tourist hub and patients would come from Europe and African countries. Laying the foundation stone for the King’s College Hospital of Indo-UK Institute of Health group through remote control, Naidu said Amaravati would become the second home for the UK.
The government was inviting only the eligible people and organizations from across the globe to start their institutions.
The Chief Minister hoped the whole world would come to Amaravati for the medical services. The government has allotted 150 acres to the King’s College Hospital which is one of the oldest and biggest health care groups in the world, he said.
The group would spend Rs 1600 crore in Amaravati, he said and added that it would start 11 hospitals and colleges in the country by spending Rs 17,000 crore. But Amaravati would be the headquarters for the group operations, including manufacturing of medical equipment and research operations, he said.
The group would provide employment to 25000 nurses, 10,000 doctors from its operations in the country. The group would also construct a 3-star and a 5-star hotel in Amaravati. The students would have good opportunity to study in the prestigious colleges, he explained.
The CM said Amaravati will have 20 medical education institutions. Explaining the plans, he said the government was giving utmost importance to the health sector. Already, 270 vehicles have been introduced to extend health services in villages along with doctor facility, he said. Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said the health sector has been the top priority of the Union government. The government has prepared a roadmap to implement schemes.
A task force would be setup for this purpose, she added. Expressing satisfaction over the Indo-UK agreement, she said that a huge number of medical and paramedical staff would get opportunities. She hoped Amaravati would be a capital for research and innovations.
Ministers Kamineni Srinivas, P Pulla Rao, Member of Parliament United Kingdom Andrew Mitchell, Chairman King College Hospital Lord Robert Kerslake, CEO Dr Ajay Rajan Gupta and several officials were present. Before the meeting, the representatives of the Indo-UK Health Institute performed bhoomi puja in the limits of Navuluru village in Amaravati capital area.