The district administration, on Sunday, designated 20 private hospitals with 2,023 beds and including government hospitals the total number of beds available would be around 6,500 in Visakhapatnam district. “As of now we have 4,023 and gradually we are making it 6,500,” district collector V Vinay Chand told Hello Vizag on Sunday.
The CSR block at King George Hospital is full to the brim and the patients were being sent to Government Chest Hospital and VIMS. Together they have around 1,000 beds. The problem is a shortage of doctors specialized in lung diseases and general medicine, sources said. However, the corporate hospitals have medical professionals to meet the demand, the health officials said.
“Last year’s infrastructure made available in the government and private sector is helping now,” said a senior official. He said the price list has been given to corporate and private hospitals and the management should have to adhere to the recommended prices. It is also made mandatory for them to accept health insurance under Arogyasri for eligible patients.
A senior political leader from the industrial city of Gajuwaka said the public sector undertakings and corporate houses are blocking the beds in the corporate hospitals for their staff. “This is the reason why the corporate and some private hospitals are not accepting the private patients. Patients from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari are also looking for better treatment but they were being denied admission,” the leader said whom the relatives of the patients approached for help.
Local people are complaining that the newly elected corporators were not helping them in getting tests and vaccines. When approached, they have been claiming they were helpless since there was a short supply of testing kits and vaccines. However, an independent corporator from the old town area of Visakhapatnam Sadique Mohammed denied the allegation and said urban health centers in his ward are providing both.