NIRANI TAKES INITIATIVE TO CONVERT AN ABANDONED HOSPITAL BUILDING INTO COVID CARE CENTRE IN KALABURAGI
*NIRANI TAKES INITIATIVE TO CONVERT AN ABANDONED HOSPITAL BUILDING INTO COVID CARE CENTRE IN KALABURAGI*
• Abandoned ESI hospital building to turn into covid care centre in Kalaburagi
• Nirani takes initiative to give a new lease of life to unused hospital building
• Govt officials inspect the structure following Nirani’s instructions
• Abandoned ESI hospital building being refurbished in Shahabad
• Nirani to inspect the hospital building on Sunday
Bengaluru, May 12: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani has instructed the government authorities to refurbish an abandoned ESI hospital building at Shahabad in Kalaburagi district and convert the structure into covid care centre.
After the issue of abandoned hospital building was brought to his notice, the Mines and Geology Minister instructed Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner VV Jyotsna and other senior officials to inspect the building and take immediate steps to convert it into covid care centre.
The Employees State Insurance (ESI) hospital at Shahabad in Kalaburagi was constructed in the year 1994 to cater to the medical needs of over 7,500 labourers who were working in various cement factories and other industries. The hospital building which was constructed on a four-acre land was closed in the year 2004 as most of the factories and industries moved out of Shahabad. The building has since been unused and turned into a ramshackle structure. The whole premise is filled with weeds, dry grass, plants, dust and other waste.
Following the instructions from Minister Nirani to Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner VV Jyotsna, senior officials including Shahabad Tahsildar Suresh Varma, Shahabad Municipal Corporation’s Commissioner K Gurulingappa and officials from health and revenue departments inspected the site. The authorities immediately started the work to refurbish the 30-room hospital building. The wall, floor and ceiling of the building which are in deplorable condition are being renovated with proper electricity and water supply connection.
Minister Nirani has ordered officials to provide all medical facilities to treat COVID-19 patients including oxygenated beds, ventilators, oxygen, pantry, drinking water and toilets. He wanted the hospital to possess all modern facilities to provide better treatment and instructed the officials to finish the work on war-footing.
Minister Murugesh Nirani earned praise for taking initiative to convert an unused hospital building into covid care centre in Kalaburagi which is one of the worst-affected districts in Karnataka due to COVID-19 pandemic. The minister will visit Shahabad on Sunday and inspect the premises.