Guntur: Almost four months after its formal inauguration, the superspecialty cancer wing at Government General Hospital (GGH) has started operations. The 100-bed wing, equipped with most advanced equipment to take up all kinds of procedures, will provide relief to patients from BPL families.
The wing’s sophisticated equipment got a further boost when a state-of-the art linear accelerator procured by the government reached the hospital on Tuesday. The government has spent close to Rs 15 crore to provide the linear accelerator to the wing, which will provide radiotherapy to patients.
“This is the new generation linear accelerator, which will help reduce impact of radiation as it focuses only on the body part which requires the radiation,” said GGH superintendent Dr Neelam Prabhavati.
Dr Prabhavati said services in the cancer block have been thrown open immediately after getting the linear accelerator as the government had already appointed required medical professionals and staff.
The dedicated wing was constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 40 crore. The pharmaceutical major Natco industries bore the major burden of the project cost. Although the project cost was around Rs 16 crore when it was conceived in 2015, the cost shot up to Rs 40 crore due to delays in getting administrative clearances during the TDP regime.
The state cabinet approved the proposal of Natco to develop the centre almost six months after getting the request and it took another six months to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Physical work on the project commenced only in the middle of 2017 despite Natco chairman VC Nannapaneni meeting the then CM Chandrababu Naidu to expedite clearances. The government had spent close to Rs 20 crore to procure equipment.