Hyderabad: Health Minister T Harish Rao on Monday inaugurated an advanced robotic surgical system and laparoscopic equipment at MNJ Hospital today.
Stating that corporate-style healthcare is now being provided free of cost through government hospitals, he said that he was happy to inaugurate the Rs. 32 crore robotic surgical system and Rs. 50 lakh laparoscopic equipment at MNJ Hospital. Before the formation of Telangana state, there were only three operation theatres in MNJ Hospital, which were built almost 60 years ago. The previous governments did nothing to improve the facilities at MNJ Hospital, he said.
Under Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s leadership, the face of MNJ Hospital has changed completely. Eight modular theatres, including eight advanced robotic ones, have already been started. A new block with 350 beds has also been constructed next to it. MNJ Hospital is now the largest cancer hospital in the country with a total of 750 beds. The services provided by MNJ Hospital are equal to the services provided by AIIMS in Delhi, he said.
Harish Rao also announced that the first-of-its-kind Oncology Special Nursing School will be started soon under the auspices of MNJ Hospital. He said that camps are being organized in the districts and mobile screening is being conducted to reach out to people in remote areas.
MNJ Hospital is being developed as a state cancer centre with Rs. 120 crore. Currently, free bone marrow transplantation surgeries are being done in NIMS and MNJ Hospital under Arogya Shri.
Harish Rao said that bone marrow transplant treatment costing Rs. 25 lakh in private hospitals is being provided completely free of charge in MNJ Hospital. He also reminded that palliative care services have been established in 33 districts to provide services to those in the terminal stage.Nampally MLA Jaffer Hussain Meraj, MLC Prabhakar, TSMSIDC Chairman Srinivas, DME Ramesh Reddy, NIMS Director Birappa, and MNJ Cancer Hospital Director Jayalatha participated in the event. (INN)