TS RESCHEDULES BULLETIN ON COVID19 DATA

The state government did not issue its daily bulletin of Covid19 cases on Saturday night. The health department said the bulletin will be released on Sunday morning, in a new format. It was not clear if the government would change the schedule of the bulletin, and issue it the next morning as is being done by some states including AP and the Union health ministry. The High Court asked the department to specify certain data.

Meanwhile, a 57yearold senior laboratory technician of Chest Hospital died of Covid19 on Saturday. He was on duty to collect swabs and was exposed to the virus, it was stated. Despite wearing personal protection kits and following protocols, he contracted the disease.

Bandi struggles as seniors oppose BJP revamp in TS

 State BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who took charge almost three months ago, is said to be facing a hard time from his seniors while reva• mping the state executive committee (SEC).

According to the party constitution, the SEC changes with the state chief: Sanjay took charge on April 29. He needs to pick five vicepresidents, four secretaries, four general secretaries, a treasurer and official spokespersons. Sources said some leaders were attributing the delay to the Covid19 crisis but the main reason was the pressure on the party high command from senior state leaders.

During and after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, several Congress, 'MS and Telugu Desam leaders had joined the BJP and were accommodated in the SEC. Many among them lobbied for the state president's post but the high command chose Sanjay, a staunch loyalist.

Sources said the high command advised Sanjay to accommodate "uncompromised' leaders in the SEC, against the backdrop of certain develop ments during the 2018 Assembly elections. Following this, Sanjay shortlisted the names of a few young leaders and sent it to the leadership. There is talk in SW circles that Sanjay also requested the leadership to accommodate state leaders in the national executive so that he can 'Mime young blood into the SEC. Sources said that Sanjay has run into trouble for seemingly giving priority to young leaders of his choice without consulting the party state affairs incharge. This has affected the SEC formation.

Doc: Don't delay cancer checkup

 Missed appointments and delayed diagnosis of cancer may result in a surge in the next few months as there is a reduction in the number of patients who are approaching doctors during the pandemic. Swelling, painless lumps, sudden loss in weight, recurring fever, mouth ulcers and rashes are either not understood or patients are not approaching hospitals for fear of Covid19.

The state sees 30,000 new cancer cases of which 12,000 are from the MNJ Cancer Institute. Of these 40 per cent cases in normal times come in Stage 3 and Stage 4. During the pandemic, this gap will ihrther increase to 60 per cent, expe its said.

This is worrying as delayed identification of disease means that aggressive treatment will be required, and the outcomes will not be as desired. Dr Vijay Anand Reddy, senior oncologist and director at Apollo Cancer Institute, said cancer is a semi emergency according to the World Health Organisation and the Indian Council of Medical Research.  Some of the symptoms of Covid19 and cancer overlap each other, like recurrent fever, breathlessness. fatigue, weakness and loss of smell and taste. These are making people scared and they are opting for alternative treatments or emedications without proper diagnosis.

During the pandemic, it is important to first rule out Covid19 but, after that, other diagnosis has to be carried out and most patients are not ready for it. Fear, hesitation and acceptance of cancer are the initial problems. These existed before the pandemic too but counsellors could help the patients. In the present scenario, support staff in hospitals is not always available due to rotation duties.

TRAIN OFFICIALS IN SEMIJUDICIAL POSTS: HC TO TS

Noticing procedural irregularities by authorities who are in the quasijudicial positions in departments like revenue, land transfer, cooperation, taxation and labour, the Telangana High Court asked the government to train them. Justice K. Lakshman said officers holding the position of adjudication authorities had to be urgently trained as most of them lack such qualities.

The judge was dealing with a petition related to irregularities by an employee of the Vardhaman Mania Cooperative Bank. The issue went to the adjudication officer and quasijudicial authority who made procedural mistakes in dealing with the case. Justice Lakshman said that the High Courts were appointing judicial officers after conducting written and oral tests. After selection, they were given training at the Judicial Academy to ftnetune their adjudicating skills. wage issues and others. It is difficult to the say that the grievances will be addressed, without training," Justice Lakshman said.

+ve woman escapes from ambulance

 An elderly woman who had been infected with the Coronavirus escaped from an ambulance while she was being taken to a hospital in Karimnagar. The woman, a native of Shankarapatnam, asked the ambulance staff to allow her to relieve herself, and escaped when they stopped the vehicle. The ambulance staffinformed Health officials and the police began a search for hen She was finally seen at a bus stop in Shankarapatnam. Officials tried to take her to the hospital but she retbsed. She was counselled for an how; and she finally agreed to go to the the Karimnagar Government Hospital.

Meanwhile. two jail inmates suffering from Covid19 fled from the Eluru Covidcare facility in the early hours of Saturday. It is said that 13 prisoners from West Godavari prison who were infected with Coronavirus were admitted to the Eluru centre, from where two fled. They are accused in several theft cases.

The police have started attempts to apprehend the inmates. Meanwhile, the upward spiral of Coronavirus cases continued in Andhra Pradesh as another 7,813 were added in a day to take the overall tally to 88,671 on Saturday. Fiftytwo Covid19 patients succumbed while 3,208 were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said.

101YEAROLD FIGHTS CORONA IN TIRUPATI

Putting fears of possible death at rest, a 101 years' old woman of Tirupati conquered the dreaded Coronavirus in a first of its kind development in Andhra Pradesh. E Mangamma of Yarramitta in Tirupati, who was admitted to the Covid19 State Hospital at SVIMS in Tirupati 10 days ago, was discharged on Saturday after her complete recovery. In fact, her family had given up on her because of social stigma. Her grandson brought her to the hospital around 7.30 p.m. on July 19. On coming to know that she had tested positive, he disappeared from the scene. Dr. Archana, a PG student, found Mangamma abandoned near the reception centre of the hospital. On questioning, she narrated her plight to the doctor.

Dr. Archana took up the issue with hospital superintendent Dr. R. Ram.  He also instructed Dr. Archana to pay special attention to her. She religiously followed the daily regimen related to medicines," Dr. Ram told Deccan Chronicle. She had no comorbidities. Mangamma is an embodiment of selfconfldence and that is what made her recover successflally"

None of her family members turned up to take her home after she got well. Dr. Ram arranged for an ambulance to drop her at the address she gave them. He even touched her feet before she left. Several staff members gathered to give her a grand send off.

Within an hour after her departure, Mangamma was back at the hospital along with her family members. She made it a point to meet Dr. Ram, Dr. Archana and Manjula, apart from Director and ViceChancellor of  SVIMS, Dr. B. Vengamma, and thanked them for her recovery Covid Baba' arrested for cheating people.  

A man in his mid90s, claiming to be "Covid Baba" who has a cure for the Coronavirus, was arrested by police for duping people. According to Miyapur police, the man, identified as Ismail 'Baba', used to treat people for minor ailments at his house in Haneef Colony near a dargah in Hafizpet. Every Friday, a number of people would approach him for cures. He would collect money and either gave people some medicines or amulets, saying they would get well. After Covid19 cases started in the city.

ACCORDING TO Miyapur police, the man, identified as Ismail 'Baba', used to treat people for minor ailments at his house in Haneef Colony near a dargah in Hafizpet started spreading word that he has divine powers with which he can protect people from the disease. 12.000 to Ismail," Miyapur inspector S. Venkatesh said. He said police counselled all those who gathered at Ismail's house on Friday that they should visit a hospital if they are unwell or had Covid19 symptoms.

VIRUS  I ATTACK Expert urges control on movement of people to city Come Sept., Covid to peak

 Covid I9 cases in the state could peak sometime in September, and the data being released by the government daily appears to indicate a plateauing of cases in the GHMC limits, a top public health expert has said. What matters is that people have to be on guard, ever more careiw and take every precaution not to get infected," said Prof G.V.S. Murthy, director of Indian Institute of Public Health.

Prof. Murthy said, "The need of the hour is increased consciousness among the people. They need to be sure of the persons with whom they are interacting. All it takes is a IS to 20minute interaction at close quarters for a person to get infected if the other individual is carrying the disease. It is not a good idea to spend time in queues."

On the situation in city, Prof. Murthy said that if Hyderabad were to maintain its current trajectory of cases, it should prevent largescale migrations into the city which could result in fresh rounds of infection and increased spread of the disease. On the rise of cases in rural areas, he said it was because of people visiting towns and other places on work, catching the virus and carrying it back home and spreading it within their families. The government must convince the people that they should follow safety precautions, he added.

Lobbying starts for MLC tickets Graduates constituency polls due next year

 Competition is heating up among aspirants in all parties for the elections to the two Legislative Council seats from the graudates constituency, due in March next. Though there is time, discussions and lobbying have started. In 2015, the TRS lost the Mahbubnagar RangaReddy Hyderabad seat to the BJP but won the NalgondaWarangalKhammam election, where the BJP came second.

These will be the first elections for the BJP under its new state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who is trying to make his mark. The party had won four Lok Sabha seats last year, and hopes to build on it, to show that it is a strong contender in the state. The Congress, which has repeatedly said that it is the only party that can take on the TRS. is looking to win both the seats. Congress senior leader T. Jeevan

Reddy had won the KarimnagarNizamabad Ad labad Med a k graduates seat and expects the trend to continue. Both parties are expecting to win the antiincumbency vote. The TRS has performed poorly in elections to graduates and teachers seats.

The names of various aspirants from the TRS, Congress and the BJP are doing the rounds for tickets. From the TRS, the name of Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, the Nalgonda MLC, is circulating as a probable. There is also talk that another leader will be given fielded as Rajeshwar Reddy has been appointed Rythu Bandhu chairman. Candidates Khammam or Warangal stand a good chance, such as Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, Gayathri Ravi, Thakkallapally Ravinder Rao, stand a good chance.

The TRS candidate in Mahbubnagar, employees' union leader G. Deviprasad Rao, lost to the BJP's N. Ramchan der Rao. The TRS selection may be from among Jupally Krishna Rao. MP Srinivas Reddy's brother or former MLA Teegala Krishna Reddy. Chinthapandu Naveen alias `Teenmar' Mallanna from the Congress lost the Nalgonda seat to the TRS.

This time, TPCC treasurer Guduru Narayana Reddy, Naylni Rajendar Reddy and Konda Surekha's family are in the race. Former MLA Ch. Vamsi Chandar Reddy and TPCC spokesperson G. Harsha Vardhan Reddy are seeking the Mahbubnagar ticket. Ramchander Rao's followers say he will contest, former minister D.K. Aruna or Kalwakurthi BJP incharge Talloju Achary may get the ticket, in view of future political developments. E. Rammohan Rao who contested the last elections, former MLA Dharma Rao, Swami Goud, Sanklneni Venkateswar Rao. Chandupatla Keerthi Reddy are expecting the BJP Nalgonda ticket.

2 KILLED, SW STUCK IN KURNOOL FLOOD

Two people were washed away and a SUV got struck in waters as overnight heavy rain lashed the district and several rivulets and bridges were overflowing on Saturday. Life in Kurnool was affected because of the inundation of lowlying areas. The administration sounded a red alert in villages on the banks of the Tungabhadra. The Gajuladinne project is brimming and officials are discharging 25,000 cusses of water into the Handri river.

Transportation between the districts was snapped at sever• al places due to the overflowing water that breached the banks of several local rivers, causeways. A car was washed away at Pagidirayi village in Tuggali mandal while it was crossing Suddavagu stream. Four people travelling in the vehicle were rescued by locals.

In another incident, an 18yearold Intermediate student, Chandra, of Neravada village in Kallur mandal, was washed away in the flood waters and is missing. He was drawn into water while he was trying to cross the road on the river the Handri bridge. People in several villages, especially on river beds of Handri River and those in lowlying colonies of Kurnool city were also adversely impacted. Incessant rains continued until the early hours of Saturday.

No GHMC role in land row: HC

 The Telangana High Court has said that the GHMC is not to be faulted for granting building permission on land which is under dispute between two private owners unless they inform the civic body by submitting supporting documents. Justice Chalk Kodandaram observed that it would not be possible for the GHMC to keep track of applications likely to be filed for construction permission and whether any objections had been raised previously, as it is overburdened with several functions. The functions of the GHMC in granting construction permission is limited to the extent of ensuring orderly development, and that amenities like water supply, sewerage development, internal roads and the roads connecting the main roads are provided. It is not

expected to protect individual property rights, the court said. Justice Kodandaram was dealing with a petition by one Prabhavati, who complained that the despite her objections represented in a letter on June 15, 2020, the GHMC was trying to grant permission on a parcel of land in Survey No. 560, measuring 2,373 square yards out of two acres, at Alwal. Chatla Madhu, counsel, representing the GHMC, said it would always be open for the claimants to seek cancellation of building permission on various grounds by invoking Section 450 of the GHMC Act.

Justice Kodandaram said the petitioner ought to have approached the registration and other departments before moving court. Disposing the petition, the court said that it was open to the petitioner to approach the appropriate civil court and avail remedies as available under the law.

SHE TEAMS RESCUE 2 MINORS FROM CHILD MARRIAGE

The Kushaiguda division She Teams averted two child marriages in the last two days. In Balajinagars Srirama Colony the Rachakonda police and Kushaiguda She Teams rescued a 17yearold from getting married to a 21yearold on Saturday. The wedding was scheduled to take place on August 5.

In another instance, the She Teams received information that a 16yearold girl was being married in Nagaram Keesara police station limits to her uncle, a 26yearold man from Jawaharnagan Medhcal district. Forest official on bike injured, deer dies in accident at Amrabad tiger reserve Crossing points must to protect wild animals.

 A recent road accident involving a forest department official in the Amrabad tiger reserve has once again highlighted the need for taking steps to designate animal crossing locations and implementing speed control measures along the 60km highway that passes through India's largest tiger reserve.

A forest section officer, riding a motorcycle on the morning of July 21, met with an accident when his vehicle collided with a sambar deer crossing the road near the Farhabad gate, the entry point for jungle safaris in the reserve. The official, who suffered serious head injuries, was noticed by other road users who informed the department officials who rushed him to a private hospital in Hyderabad. The officer is currently stable after doc tors performed a surgery on his head, according to department sources. The sambar deer was killed on the spot, the sources said. Incidentally, it was to prevent such accidents that the department launched — during the Covid19 lockdown — an extensive came.  THE DEPARTMENT had animal crossings data for nearly three months that can be used to make it safer for animals. trap image capture exercise along the highway between Mannanur and Eagalpenta villages. The idea was to study the images of animals crossing at different points on the highway, designate those sections as animal crossings, erecting large caution signs and installing speed control measures like building additional speed breakers at such locations.

Hundreds of vehicles with Srisailambound pH

 grims pass through the Amrabad forest road, with their numbers climbing up to a couple of thousand on weekends. Though the speed limit is 30 kmph, speeding vehicles were a common sight. Amrabad is home to between 20 and 30 tigers including cubs, in addition to a hundredplus leopards, several packs of wild dogs and sloth bears among carnivores and various species of deer including sambar, and chital.

 The camera trap image capture exercise was initiated during the lockdown when the absence of traffic resulted in wild animals coming on the highway at all times during the day and in the evening, which was not the case when the road was open to traffic. It was learnt that the department has animal crossings data for nearly three months that can be used to make it safer for animals and people using the forest road.

Gov. urges people to donate plasma

 Only 61 people have come forward to donate plasma while others are not doing so. It is important to fight the stigma of Covid19 which is preventing donors from coming forward, stated Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundar arajan on Saturday.

The Governor interacted via videoconference with G. Narayana Reddy, who has formed Telangana Plasma Donors Association for promoting plasma donation in the state. The association has contacted 2,000 people but only 61 have come forward to donate plasma. Apart from the stigma, there are fman• cial issues involved. The fear of contracting the disease again is making the people reluctant.

The Governor exhorted Covid19 winners to help others fight the disease and come forward to donate for plasma therapy for the needy. THE GOVERNOR interacted via videoconference with G. Narayana Reddy, who has formed Telangana Plasma Donors Association for promoting plasma donation. DR TAMIUSAI exhorted Covid19 winners to help others fight the disease.

TECHNICIAN WAS DUE TO RETIRE IN 2021

Due to retire in 2021, the technician had spent 30 years of service in the government sector and was recently shifted from the districts to Hyderabad. Ravinder Manchala, general secretary of the Telangana State Government Medical Lab Technicians Association, said, "Swab samples must be taken by dentists and ENT specialists also. Only laboratory technicians doing the job is not enough. They also need to be placed on rotation duties so that they do not contract heavy viral load." n DUE TO retire in 2021, the technician had spent 30 years of service in the government sector and was recently shifted from the districts to Hyderabad.

SNAKE ENTERS TEMPLE ON NAGA PANCHAMI

A snake was found moving inside the Basara temple premises on Saturday and women devotees, who saw the snake, said it was auspicious and rare having darshan of a real snake on Nag Panchami. Devotees said they have seen a snake moving near the t 100 Aksharabhyasam Mandapam while some tried to offer milk to the serpentine god. On the other hand, women devotees offered milk to the snake god at anthills across temples and offered special puja on the occasion in old Adilabad district.

NEHRU ZOO TO HOLD CONTESTS ON TIGER DAY

On International Tiger Day on July 29, the Nehru Zoological Park will conduct online events for kids and animal lovers. Activites like slogan writing on tiger conservation and its importance, drawing and painting on the topic 'Why Nature Needs Tigers', cartooning on 'Tiger's message to humans' will be conducted.

An online quiz will be held on the zoo's website and Twitter. The competitions will be held for Juniors in Classes 1 to 5, senior in Classes 6 to 10 and general for Classes 10 and above. Participants should submit entries before 3 pm on July 27 at awarnesnehruzoologicalpark@gmail.com. Winners will be awarded ecertificates and special zoo gifts.

 RMPs WANT ROLE IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID

The RMP, PMP, Community Paramedics and Experienced Practitioners Sangham on Saturday urged the government to allow them to Join the effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Representatives of the sangham submitted a memorandum to the effect to health minister Etala Rqiendar.

They later said that the minister had responded positively to their request, adding that they have been serving the people in programmes such as leprosy control and family planning campaigns.

ULEMA: ALLOW BAKRID SACRIFICE AT ABATTOIRS

The GHMC should allow people to sacrifice animals on Bakrid at slaughterhouses, the ulema has said. Rain on the day of the Feast of Sacrifice (IdulZuha) could lead to unhygienic conditions at homes where traditionally people offer the sacrifices each year, they said. Allowing the sacrifice of lambs, sheep and goats at slaughterhouses would help keep the streets and lanes clean. Moulana Mohammed Abdur Raheem Khurram Jamai of Able Hadees said that Deeni Madrasas which collect the rawhide after animal sacrifice at homes, might not be able to do so due to the rise in prices this year. The people could just discard the animal skins and, if this happens, the GHMC will need to clean them up.

Moulana Hameed Rahmani, president, Kul Hind Isiah e Mashera, said cleanliness is an important part of Islam and it is the duty of every Muslim to keep the surroundings clean. He said in the Gulf countries and many other cities of India, like Mumbai, local authorities make arrangements of sacrificing animals in slaughterhouses.

Balanagar flyover work moves at a snail's pace With spread of Covid19, only 15 workers are at the site Acute shortage of labour has hampered the progress of the underconstruction Balanagar flyover. The work, which progressed at a brisk pace till June, is now moving at a snail's pace. Against the demand of about 200 workers, a mere 15 persons have been working on the field.

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) officials said fearing the spread of Covid19, many have moved to their native states. Though authorities claimed that they a HMDA OFFICIALS said that since a month, workers were either leaving to different locations or living in isolated locations fearing the virus. would complete the project by August, they could extend the same citing the pace of the current Progress.

HMDA authority officials said that since a month, workers were either leaving to different locations or living in isolated locations fearing the Coronavirus. The flyover works were hit by land acquisition hurdles earlier. After dragging the project for about 90 months, the HMDA managed to acquire all 357 properties. The municipal body had made decent progress until May HMDA is constructing the 1.13 kmflyover at a cost of 1387 crore," an official said. Of this, nes crore is earmarked for land acquisition and the rest for civil works. The sixlane flyover will be 24 metres wide. The carriageway beneath the structure is also being widened from 30 metres to 95 metres, the official said."With 15 persons working and 40 per cent of work pend ing, the HMDA would have no choice but to extend the project deadline. Though we are not certain, the project might be extended to the end of the current financial year," a senior official said. Once completed, the flyover would facilitate a signalfree route in Secunderabad, Kukatpally, Balanagar, Quthbullapur, GWularamaram and Suchitra. Till date, work on laying of seven foundations, which could not be done earlier, has been completed and the remaining two would be laid by monthend. Land acquisition for road widening has been completed except at some small stretches.

No GHMC role in land row: HC

 The Telangana High Court has said that the GHMC is not to be faulted for granting building permission on land which is under dispute between two private owners unless they inform the civic body by submitting supporting documents. Justice Chalk Kodandaram observed that it would not be possible for the GHMC to keep track of applications likely to be filed for construction permission and whether any objections had been raised previously, as it is overburdened with several functions. The functions of the GHMC in granting construction permission is limited to the extent of ensuring orderly development, and that amenities like water supply, sewerage development, internal roads and the roads connecting the main roads are provided. It is not

expected to protect individual property rights, the court said. Justice Kodandaram was dealing with a petition by one Prabhavati, who complained that the despite her objections represented in a letter on June 15, 2020, the GHMC was trying to grant permission on a parcel of land in Survey No. 560, measuring 2,373 square yards out of two acres, at Alwal. Chatla Madhu, counsel, representing the GHMC, said it would always be open for the claimants to seek cancellation of building permission on various grounds by invoking Section 450 of the GHMC Act.

Justice Kodandaram said the petitioner ought to have approached the registration and other departments before moving court. Disposing the petition, the court said that it was open to the petitioner to approach the appropriate civil court and avail remedies as available under the law.

WON'T ALLOW GOVT TO RAZE OGH BUILDING

State Congress president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday demanded that the government preserve the heritage building of the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) and con• struct a modern worldclass hospital on the adjacent six acres of land in the same premises. The TPCC chief along with city Congress leaden inspected the building and interacted with officials. Speaking to the media later, he blamed the negligence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao for the present condition of the OGH building. He warned of dire consequences if the government attempts to demolish the structure. He asked that when the over 400yearold Qutub Shahi tombs could be restored. why not the 75yearold OGH building. Claiming that it was maintained well till 2014, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that after the TRS came to power, the first thing the Chief Minister suggested was the demolition of the OGH building.

 Now he is citing its dilapidated condition as the reason for demolition. We will not allow him to erase the rich medical heritage of Hyderabad." He said Osmania Hospital represents the modern medical education in Hyderabad, which began in the mid19th century with the founding of the Hyderabad Medical School with Afzalgunj Hospital serving as a teaching hospital.

Fight over new OGH heats up

Construct new building immediately and provide better health services, demands IMA. The demand for a new building for the Osmania General Hospital during the Covid19 pandemic has led to questions on whether importance must be given to using the existing setup to tackle the crisis or constructing a new building. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Telangana Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (THANA) on Saturday convened a meeting at the OGH and demanded that the new building must be constructed immediately.

Dr Ravinder Reddy, chairman of the Telangana  Medical Council, said, "Our demand is that a new building must be given priority. During a pandemic, the focus is on health and the government must prioritise and work towards creating a better hospital for the people." Osmania Medical College Old Boys Association said that 60 per cent of open space in the OGH premises must be utilised. Dr Sai Ram of the association explained, "This issue has been pending for a long time. We have been raising the demand for a new building and it is only now that they have taken note of it.

ALL COVID HOSPITALS SOON TO GET SANITATION MACHINERY, SAYS ETALA

Health minister Etala Rtgendar on Saturday said the government will soon procure sanitation machinery for all Covid19 hospitals. Food delivery to Cov id19 patients will be streamlined in all government hospitals and hot pack carriers like the ones used for catering aboard.  We are not talking about the heritage structure as the matter is in court." Dr Mohammed Javed Iqbal, executive committee member of the Osmania Medical College Alumni, said, "What was the reason for IMA and THANA to convene a meeting today? Where were they all these years?"

Dr lqbal has written a letter to OGH incharge superintendent Dr P. Naik asking whether he had given permission to the doctors to gather in the premises. The meeting had to be held in the park area. To utilise the 25.5 acres of land, the nursing quarters, postgraduate hostels and encroachments inside the premises will have to be removed. The heritage building stands on 1.5 acres of land. There is a fear that it could be damaged while demolishing the other structures. The dust and noise will make it difficult for patients in other buildings. Strengthening the existing infrastructure and opting for better maintenance would help during the pandemic, many said.

A heritage activist, on condition of anonymity, said, "Who is going to ask about the Z20 crore which was allotted for restoration of the old building? Were those funds utilised? If so, what work was done?" aircraft will be purchased, he said. The minister's announcement came in the wake of several complaints from Covid19 patients in government hospitals about the lack of hygiene, the terrible condition of the bathrooms and toilets and the shortage of food and poor delivery of food to patients on time.

 Nizams planned network of hospitals

The Osmania General Hospital (OGH), in the eye of yet another brewing battle between those seeking the demolition of the heritage block — that until a few days ago housed inpatients — and those seeking to preserve the historical structure, is Just one of the many hospitals that the erstwhile rulers of Hyderabad State created. The seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, built the OGH along the Musi river over a 27acre plot. Najaf Ali Khan, grandson of the last Nizam and president of Nizam Family Welfare Association, said: "The Nizam's vision for the people's welfare has not been matched by any government that followed.

 No state has matched his contribution for the medical services or establishment of hospitals. Successive governments have failed to maintain the medical infrastructure which he gave the state?' The hospitals for the public which were started by the Nizam include the OGH, Mental Hospital, and the Chest Hospital at Erragadda, TB Sanatorium at Vikarabad, the Fever (Quarantine) Hospital at Nallakunta, Victoria Memorial Glaze Khana, in Urdu a place for child delivery), ENT Hospital at Koti, Niloufer Hospital for pediatric care, Institute of Preventive Medicine at Narayanguda, and for orthopedic care, the hasp'. tal which is today Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Mohammed Javed Iqbal, an executive

 member of Osmania Medical College Alumni, said.'He said the Nizam made sure the hospitals were built in different places to ensure the diseases are not spread, as well as to ensure there would be no rush of people at one location.

When the Quarantine Hospital was started, the situation was pretty much similar to what it is now with Covid19, with the city facing a severe cholera and typhoid epidemic and loss of life was on rise. Soon after Musi river floods in 1910, those infected had to be quarantined and this hospital was started. The sanatorium was started at Ananthagiri Hills in Vikarabad, for isolation and treatment of patients suffering from tuberculosis, which is a contagious disease, he said.

WON'T ALLOW GOVT TO RAZE OGH BUILDING: UTTAM

State Congress president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday demanded that the government preserve the heritage building of the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) and construct a modern worldclass hospital on the adjacent six acres of land in the same premises. The TPCC chief along with city Congress leaders inspected the building and interacted with officials. Speaking to the media later, he blamed the negligence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao for the present condition of the OGH building. He warned of dire consequences if the government attempts to demolish the structure. He asked that when the over 400yearold Qutub Shahi tombs could be restored. why not the 75yearold OGH building. Claiming that it was maintained well till 2014, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that after the TRS came to power, the first thing the Chief Minister suggested was the demolition of the OGH building.


Now he is citing its dilapidated condition as the reason for demolition. We will not allow him to erase the rich medical heritage of Hyderabad." He said Osmania Hospital represents the modern medical education in Hyderabad, which began in the mid19th century with the founding of the Hyderabad Medical School with Afzalgunj Hospital serving as a teaching hospital.


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