GHMC (the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) has constructed as many as seven shelter homes on the premises of various private and government hospitals to help the patients and their family members belonging to economically backward classes.
The new shelter homes have been set up at Osmania General Hospital (Rs 3.37 crore), Punjagutta NIMS (Rs 3.10 crore), ENT Hospital (Rs 2.98 crore), Niloufer (Rs 2.60 crore), Koti Maternity (Rs 1.96 crore), Mahavir (Rs 95 lakh), and Nampally Area Hospital (Rs 1 crore). The task of maintaining these shelter homes have been entrusted with the hospital development committees.
While 126 people can stay at the shelter home in Osmania General Hospital, the ENT Hospital can accommodate 108 people, both women and men, 192 at Niloufer, 76 at Mahavir, 160 at Koti Maternity, 100 persons at Nampally Area Hospital, and 115 at NIMS.
According to the sources, people suffering from various chronic diseases belonging to different parts of Telangana come to these private and government hospitals in the city for emergency treatment. However, the financially poor and weak come to government hospitals without going to corporate and private ones. Telangana government started taking steps to set up night shelters at major government hospitals to curb the difficulties faced by the patient and their attendants.