Hyderabad: A building built at a cost of Rs 1 crore to house a Unani Medicine hospital at Narayanguda is still waiting for administrative clearance and allocation of staff.
The Sir Nizamat Jung Hospital has come up on a land parcel belonging to Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur, who had donated it for setting up a hospital for promotion of Unani medicine. “After a long-drawn battle, the government had taken up construction of a building on a land parcel of 3,000 square yards. Yet, the hospital has not seen light of day,” pointed out Mohd Saleem of the Telangana Unani Medical Officers Association. The land is part of a three-acre parcel donated by Sir Nizamat Jung. He was an Arab Indian poet and a reformist during the Nizam’s era. On the land parcel, a library and hostel too are located.
The construction of the building was taken up five years ago after the then Andhra Pradesh Medical Officers Association took up the case. The government then assured to set up a 120-bedded Unani hospital on the land and constructed two-storied buildings.
“Now the place is used as a godown to stock medicines by the AYUSH Department,” a Unani doctor said.
The Nizamia Tibbi General Hospital at Charminar is in a rundown condition and unable to take the growing load of visitors. It has about 1200 patients who avail treatment every year while another 15,000 visit the hospital for outpatient treatment.
“If one more hospital is opened in the city, the work load at Charminar will decrease and proper treatment can be provided to more patients at the Narayanguda Unani Hospital,”
Saleem said. In-charge Director Department of Ayush, Dr Rajendra Reddy said that they were awaiting administrative sanction from the government to start the hospital. “A proposal has been sent to the government to allocate the necessary staff required for running the hospital,” he said....