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RANGARAYA MEDICAL COLLEGE India witnessed unprecedented enthusiasm among the people in 1947 when the country was liberated from foreign domination of over three centuries. There was an ardent desire to develop our mother land in all fields and see that it had an honourable place in the comity of Nations. In our state too, leaders of all walks of life strove hard for its holistic development. Prominent among them in the medical field were Col. Dr. D.S.Raju, valiant freedom fighter and a close associate of Netaji and Dr. M. V. Krishna Rao, a man of great vision. These two stalwarts who had been dreaming of starting a private medical college to cater to the needs of the students of coastal Andhra in general, and East & West Godavari districts in particular, founded and registered the Medical Education Society on 16th April 1958 with the triple object of promoting Medical Education, Medical research and Medical relief through voluntary effort. GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL The history of Government General Hospital, Kakinada dates back to the year 1856, when a Civil Dispensary was started in the old part of the town, Jagannaickpur under a committee of management. The Civil Dispensary was taken over by the Municipality in the year 1871. Gradually a hospital came into being consisting of scattered huts. It was under the charge of a Civil Surgeon up to 1904, when the headquarters of the District Medical Officer were transferred from Rajahmundry to Kakinada. The Lady Have lock Maternity Hospital was started by the District Board, East Godavari in 1895 in the heart of the town. This hospital was a gift of the Maharaja of Pithapuram. It was opened by His Excellency Lord Ampthill, Governor of Madras on 4th December of 1903. Sri. Rao Bahudur Badam Venkata Ratnam Garu gave a munificent donation of Rs. 5000 for this hospital. The Government took over this hospital in September 1926. The site of the present hospital, adjoining the Lady Havelock Maternity Hospital, was acquired by the Government in 1930. The construction of the new buildings of the Headquarters Hospital which now houses Obstetrics and Gynaecology was taken up in the year 1936 and was completed in the year 1941 at a total cost of Rs.5,79,700. It was opened by Major General H. Stott, Surgeon
General with the Government of Madras, on 2nd December of 1941. The old hospital in Jagannaickpur was shifted to the New Headquarters Hospital and the Lady Have lock Maternity Hospital was merged with the Headquarters Hospital. The Headquarters Hospital was graded to a General Hospital By the Government on 14th October 1959 to serve as a teaching hospital to the RMC. The Headquarters of the District Medical Officer was shifted to Rajahmundry.