The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Hospital in Telangana, India, is to get a new medical block featuring 2,000 beds, reported Deccan Chronicle.

The new eight-floor medical block in Hyderabad will increase the capacity of NIMS from the current bed capacity of 1,500 to 3,500.

The new super-specialty medical block at the government hospital will be constructed at a cost of Rs15.71bn ($190m), reported Siasat.

Telangana Health Minister T Harish Rao referred to it as a landmark initiative that would make super-specialty services accessible to poor patients.

A new block for mother and child health (MCH) is expected to be completed and inaugurated by the end of this month.

This Super Specialty Mother and Childcare block will add 200 beds to the capacity of NIMS.

The state plans to add a total of 600 beds to the MCH super speciality hospitals in Gandhi, Alwal and NIMS with an investment of Rs4.9bn to lower maternal mortality rates, reported TelanganaToday.

Besides the new NIMS block, Telangana is building four 1,000-bed TIMS super-specialty hospitals in Hyderabad, and upgrading Gandhi Hospital and the Warangal Hospital.

The government believes these initiatives will ensure patients have access to at least 10,000 super-specialty beds.