Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Government Medical College (GMC), Ernakulam, would soon be transformed into a competent healthcare institute. He said this after laying the foundation stone of the super-specialty block and mother and child center at GMC. The chief minister also launched the catheterization laboratory (Cath lab) at the medical college. The health department has prepared a master plan for GMC and it would require Rs 378 crore for implementing it, said health minister K K Shailaja. Of this, the government has already allotted Rs 285 crore from Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). Using this amount, the super-specialty block as well as mother and child center is being constructed. The remaining funds will be given after completion of these works.
The chief minister said that the government hospitals in the state were attracting even people from well-off families. There would be 14 modern operation theatres and 112 ICU beds in the super-specialty block. The government had already given another Rs 150 crore for the development of GMC taking the total allotment to the medical college to Rs 518 crore, Shailaja said. MP K V Thomas, MLAs Hibi Eden, P T Thomas, Anwar Sadath and V K Ebrahimkunju; district panchayat president Asha Sanal, district collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla, former MP P Rajeeve, GCDA chairman V Salim, director of medical education Ramla Beevi, Kalamassery municipal chairperson Rukhiya Jamal and CPM district secretary C N Mohanan attended the program. – TOI