Reiterating the demand for construction of new building of the Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said that saving lives is more important than saving heritage. “If you want to save heritage, save it, but if you want to save lives, and save money, we need a new building for Osmania Hospital,” he said after inaugurating the 23-bed Covid ward at the Indo-US Hospital at Malakpet here.
During a visit to the Osmania Hospital last month, the MP demanded that the state government build a new hospital at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. “If you want to keep the building, keep it; If you want to demolish it, do so,” he had said. Heritage activists, who have been urging the government to protect the heritage structure, had taken exception to the MP’s remarks. Owaisi, however, defended his stand, saying the condition of the Osmania Hospital is deteriorating with every passing day. He said the Osmania Hospital needs a built-up area of 20 lakh square feet.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief said that people criticising his party for supporting the Osmania Hospital’s new building are neither aware of the situation at the hospital nor have ever visited it for treatment. The MP said when the Chief Minister can demolish the Warangal Jail and build a hospital there, why can’t he build a new building for the Osmania Hospital Medical College, which is the oldest medical college in the country and has given countless doctors in different disciplines.