After dilly-dallying for several years, the state government has sanctioned Rs 60 crore for purchasing medical equipment and completing civil works within six months to start operations at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) Bibinagar campus, officials said. While the building was completed in 2009, the electrical and civil works are still pending and the hospital lacks medical equipment. At least Rs 75 crore has been pumped into the facility for erecting the structure so far, which is inside the Nims university campus. The government order issued late on Tuesday evening said the sanctioned amount will be used for setting up the much-awaited 150-bed facility with Rs 45 crores to be spent for civil and electrical works, while rest of the money would go towards purchasing medical equipment.
To begin with, Nims will open general medicine and general surgery departments along with orthopaedics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, ENT and ophthalmology. With the setting up of the hospital, people who flock to Hyderabad for healthcare will be able to get tertiary medical care at Bibinagar itself. Nims is supposed to cater to the healthcare needs of people from Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Warangal districts which lack well-equipped facilities. It was the late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who inaugurated this facility a few months before the 2009 elections and promised that out-patient services would start immediately and the in-patient services would start two months later. Uncertainty persisted despite several announcements made by subsequent chief ministers about the beginning of the hospital operations. The state government has so far sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the Nims, Bibinagar facility for purchasing equipment and civil works. Out of this, less than Rs 40 crores was released in 2009 and sanction for the remaining Rs 60 crores has been issued now.
Last November, Nims authorities found that furniture worth Rs 2-3 lakh which was locked up in a room in the hospital building, located 45 kilometers from Hyderabad, had gone missing. Nims management had ordered an inquiry into the incident even as sources alleged that it was an insider’s job. Nothing came out of the inquiry, but the case has not been closed yet. “The state government has asked us to complete the work by April this year. However, even if the entire money is released and we start the work immediately, it will take us minimum 6 months to complete the job,” said a senior Nims official.