Published: 10th July 2021
Tirupati to soon get its first 75-bed government hospital for children
The new block of BIRRD Hospital will be handed over to the authorities by July 20 for the setting up of the children's hospital
The first government hospital for children in the state is fast coming up in Tirupati. Initially, the 75-bed hospital will be housed in a block in TTD’s Balaji Institute of Surgery, Research and Rehabilitation for the Disabled (BIRRD) Hospital Complex on a temporary basis. Later, the hospital will be shifted to a permanent building to be constructed on six acres of land allotted by the TTD.
The new block of BIRRD Hospital will be handed over to the authorities by July 20 for the setting up of the children's hospital. It will have three operation theatres. Of the total, two theatres are exclusively meant for cardiac surgeries. It will also have a state of the art ICU. A separate general ward, rooms for doctors and a front office with reception and other facilities are part of the project. The new block has been constructed at a cost of Rs 8 crores.
"We are set to hand over the building to the authorities by July 20 to set up the 75-bed children's hospital," TTD Executive Officer and Chairman of Specified Authority KS Jawahar Reddy said after inspecting the new building on Friday.
After the state bifurcation, Niloufer Hospital, the only government hospital for children in the erstwhile combined AP, went to Telangana as it is located in Hyderabad. In August last year, the TTD Board meeting held under the chairmanship of YV Subba Reddy, resolved to construct an exclusive children’s hospital in Tirupati. It was decided to house the new hospital in one of the new blocks of BIRRD hospital under construction on a temporary basis.
The State government has already planned three paediatric super speciality hospitals at Tirupati, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The TTD has earmarked six acres of land adjacent to SVR Ruia Government General Hospital for the children's hospital and it is now awaiting a nod from the Centre to take up the construction of the building.