Central Government Health Scheme
wellness centre that would serve at least 1.2 lakh persons in the city is
likely to come up in the area behind the port hospital.
Among the shortlisted locations
are building in Kailasapuram, P&T dispensary and first floor of BSNL
Thatichetlapalem exchange. The Union Health Ministry has sought around 3,500
sft of space and adequate waiting space for establishing the CGHS wellness centre.
Following Union Health Minister
J.P. Nadda’s announcement of setting up of the health facility in Visakhapatnam
in April this year, the officials have started exploration for premises.
The Ministry wrote to all the
government departments and institutions in the city to provide space, but there
was no positive response from them. There are over 50 Central government
offices and establishments with more than 70,000 employees in the city. The
State government offered space only for one year which is not viable. The
officials inspected locations in the city and shortlisted a few possible ones.
“We would prefer to have the
dispensary in the ground floor as it would be difficult for the patients to
climb the stairs especially when they are unwell,” A. Vijay Kumar, Additional
Director of CGHS, Hyderabad, told The Hindu.
The departments have to write to
the Ministry offering their premises for setting up the wellness centre, he
explained. The final decision has to be taken by the Director-General of CGHS
in New Delhi.
The premises being offered by the
port requires some repairs and once the formalities are completed, the CGHS
facility is likely to come up there, according to the Additional Director.
The centre to serve at least 1.2 lakh persons in the city