Some of the facilities in the old building of Osmania General Hospital (OGH) will be moved to Petlaburj Maternity Hospital, said the Andhra Pradesh Health Minister, C. Laxma Reddy.
A media gathering was organized to discuss the success of the institute's first liver transplant in Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), where the Health Minister spoke. The liver of a 20-year-old, who was declared brain dead a day after sustaining grievous injuries in a car accident, was received by a 61-year-old patient at NIMS.
The Minister appreciated the efforts of the doctors who performed the transplant and the kindness of the donor's family for accepting to donate organs. He also said that the doctors have shown their worthiness and the success gave hope to the poor that government health institutions are in the same level as corporate health sector. The government is ready to extend its aid to help carry out more such surgeries he added. He further said the government had given Rs 10.50 lakhs to the liver transplant surgery.
The government's priority is to first shift the medical wings in the old building without hassling disturbing patients and healthcare professionals, said Mr. Reddy when asked about the fate of OGH. The State Government will later decide what can be done to the building, said the Minister.
The shifting of various wings of OGH had become essential since the patients, doctors, paramedical staff and others at OGH conveyed the fear that the structure may collapse. He also said that the two floors of Petlaburj will be used to accommodate the facilities which were moved out of OGH as those floors are currently vacant.
A team of conservation architects, town planning experts and heritage conservation activists inspected the old building of the hospital under the aegis of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Hyderabad chapter's convener P. Anuradha Reddy said that the team would make public on Monday some of its findings and a detailed report would soon be released.