Bangalore, Aug 25: Amid the increased attention to the health infrastructure due to the Swine Flu panic, Karnataka Health Minister, B Sriramulu on Monday, Aug 24 laid the foundation for 250-bed super speciality hospital in Indiranagar.
Stating that the 250-bed hospital facility will be inaugurated within 24 months and its capacity will be upgraded to 500 beds, he told the reporters present at the ceremony about the list of developmental projects taken up to imporve the medical infrastructure in Karnataka.
The state has allotted a hefty Rs 897 crore to the medical infrastructure projects, he said, adding that the these measure taken up by the state have invited the appreciation of the Union Government.
Speaking about the recently launched ambulance service, Arogya Kavacha, the minister revealed that the service had received as many as 55 lakh phone calls and could help save as many as 95,000 lives.
Karnataka Health Minister who recently went visiting the H1N1 patients without a mask to boost their morality has found another way of easing their worries. The minister has directed the private hospitals to not take money from the H1N1 patients.
Telling the hospitals to take the money from the government, the minister warned, "We will initiate stringent action against those who dare to violate the directives."
Formally laying the foundation stone in the absence of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, the Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda said that the state is planning to set up medical college at the campus once the hospital start functioning.
While the CV Raman Nagar MLA S Raghu presided over the function, the ceremony was also graced by leaders like the Minister for Excise, Information and IT/BT Katta Subramanya Naidu; MP PC Mohan; Health Commissioner PB Shrinivachary; KHSDRP Project Director Vanditha Sharma, and Deputy Commissioner, GN Nayak.