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Naidu urges UK team to set up pediatric cardiology surgery hospitals in AP

In a meeting with a UK-based Pediatric Cardiac team here on Friday, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu invited them to set up Pediatric-Cardiology surgery hospitals in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati and extended full co-operation.

The Chief Minister informed them of his government’s action plan on improving infrastructure, health indicators like IMR and MMR and pediatric healthcare services in the State. He also stressed on the need for adequate medical services for infants and children.

According to a study by the UK team, a higher number of cases with children suffering from cardio-vascular problems were registered in Andhra Pradesh. They informed the Chief Minister that they have international expertise in performing surgeries for pediatric cardio-vascular problems. “We want to offer free services in India,” they added. They also told the Chief Minister that they have already begun operations in Andhra Pradesh partnering with a trust run by Actress Samantha. In this regard, they have evinced interest in expanding their services to other parts of the State.

Health Minister Dr Kamineni Srinivas, the UK pediatric cardiac team members Dr Phil Knight, Dr Zoha Mohamed, Nina Hall, Dr Phil Arnold, Fiona Wood, Maria-N-Tala, Guido Oppido, Dr Vikram Kudumula, Dr Ramana Dhannapuneni, Dr Sanjiv Nichani, Dr Lesley Mistry, AP Medical Council Chairman Dr Y. Raja Rao, Andhra Hospitals MD Dr P.V. Ramana Murthy and Chief of Cardiac Surgeries Dr P.V. Rama Rao were present in the meeting. (NSS)