Ponnala challenges CM for joint inspection of government hospitals

Ponnala Lakshmaiah

Hyderabad: Former TPCC President Ponnala Lakshmaiah challenged Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to undertake joint inspection of any public hospital in Hyderabad or even Gajwel to check the availability of basic infrastructure.

Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday, Ponnala alleged that there has been a shocking increase in mortality rate in many government hospitals including Gandhi Hospital and Niloufer Hospital.

He said instead of admitting of lapses and taking corrective steps, Health Minister Dr. Lakshma Reddy has been giving statements as if the situation was totally normal in public hospitals. He said many hospitals lack basic infrastructure and facilities.

However, he said that the government has been misleading the people with its tall talk on super specialty hospitals while neglecting the reality that existing hospitals lack basic facilities.

Ponnala said that the Chief Minister should agree for a join inspection if he was so confident of his claims of all hospitals having best facilities.

Meanwhile, Congress senior leader Marri Sashidhar Reddy accused the Health Minister of shielding the doctors and staff who were responsible for the death of a six-year-old girl, Sai Pravalika, in Gandhi Hospital.

He alleged that the girl was administered with a contaminated saline. He demanded independent probe into the incident and also asked the government to pay adequate compensation to the girl’s family. (INN)

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