The super-specialty hospital, being constructed in Madurai will be completed by the end of June and is likely to open for public by July this year, said state health secretary, Dr J Radhakrishnan after inspecting construction work on Friday. Radhakrishnan said that the company in-charge of the construction had promised to complete the work by March itself, when he last inspected it in December, but it had not done it. The hospital is being constructed with contributions from the central and state governments. While the central government is contributing ₹125 crore the state is funding ₹25 crore. Speaking to reporters after inspecting the building along with Madurai district collector K Veera Raghava Rao, the health secretary said that 91 percent of the works were completed and the contractors have been being asked to complete it by the end of June. Upon completion, it would be inaugurated by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in July, he said.
This well-equipped hospital would have seven specialty departments and will be linked with the extension building of the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) by a high-level bridge, enabling patients to be shifted between the two hospitals with ease. The health secretary also visited the GRH, visited the ward where children with growth defects were being treated with growth hormones and showing good improvement. For the past nine years, children with defects in their pituitary gland, show stunted growth have been treated by the hospital. At present, 16 patients are receiving this expensive therapy with the help of the chief minister’s health insurance scheme and showing good improvement. He said that special focus has being given for cancer care in Madurai with PET scan and CT scan facilities availed at a cost of ₹3.1 crore. An upgraded modernised cobalt therapy CT simulator will also be acquired. – TOI