Warangal: Noted advocate and social activist Gudimalla Ravi Kumar along with some senior citizens of the town has launched a `MGM Protection Committee’ to fight against the laxity in the hospital administration. With a motto ‘Save MGM’, the committee has began its agitation in a symbolic manner here on Tuesday demanding measures for the betterment of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital situated here.
The main objective of the committee was to highlight the deficiencies that crept into the functioning of the MGM Hospital, informed Ravi Kumar. The committee members have submitted a memorandum to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the hospital premises as part of their protest on the day.
It might be noted that the hospital of late has become a source of unrest following the protests by the family members of those who died at the hospital allegedly due to lack of proper medical apparatus and shortage of medical staff. “MGM hospital, which is a ray of hope and lifeline for lakhs of people of Telangana districts, is ailing now.
State government and the Opposition parties are seriously neglecting the hospitals and failed to improve facilities at the hospital,” Ravi Kumar lamented speaking to the press persons. The state government has sanctioned about 23 posts of doctors years ago but such posts were not filled up until now. Similarly, the facilities at Cardiology department were poor. There were no adequate number of ventilators and those existing were defunct, he complained.
He further said that the hospitals’ children’s wing is considered as the biggest and oldest one in the state. It has enough equipment required to convert it into a regional paediatric hospital but it remained as it was due to a serious lack of commitment among the elected representatives and the ministers from the district.
Ravi Kumar asserted that the MGM Protection Committee would undertake a series of programmes to draw the attention of the government and the citizens towards the problems of the hospital. The members of the committee have appealed to the people to support the committee and join hands in protecting the oldest medical institution in Telangana.