Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will on Thursday inaugurate the newly built 200-bed Dr. YSR Kidney Research and Super Speciality Hospital at Uddanam in Palasa of Srikakulam district, an area where many people are affected by chronic kidney issues.
The hospital, built at a cost of 85 crore, is part of the 785 crore YSR Sujaladhara Project.
Medical and health minister Vidadala Rajini said no government had even given a thought to solve the chronic kidney problems in Uddanam area. Now, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government, with the noble aim of putting an end to the problem, has invested a whopping 785 crore for finding a permanent solution, of which the Dr YSR Kidney Research and Super Speciality Hospital is a part.
The hospital will provide corporate-level and comprehensive treatment to kidney patients free of cost, including dialysis treatment. Spread over four floors across three blocks, the state-of-the-art facility consists of special wards, casualty, radio-diagnosis, pathology, microbiology, biochemistry labs, nephrology, urology, general medicine, surgery, dialysis, post-operative / ICU and research facilities.
The minister said the hospital is equipped with ICU facilities, along with CT Scan, 2D echo, high-end colour Doppler, mobile X-ray (Digital) and Thulium Laser Euro Dynamic Mission facility. She underlined that the Jagan government has already completed recruitment for 42 speciality doctors, 60 staff nurses and 60 other support staff for the various speciality and super speciality departments like general medicine, general surgery, urology and nephrology.
Officials explained that the YSR Sujaladhara Project is aimed at fulfilling the long-cherished dream of Srikakulam people. It will supply purified drinking water through YSR Sujaladhara project to all villages in seven mandals of the Uddanam region, where chronic kidney diseases are prevalent. The water will be drawn from Hiramandalam reservoir.
The current population of the region is 6.78 lakh and is expected to reach 7.85 lakh by 2051. The project is designed to meet the future requirements of the area, including drinking water at the rate of 100 litres to each person per day.
As of date, water is being supplied to 613 villages. By the end of this month, remaining villages will also be supplied with water.