Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar has laid the foundation stone for a new building at Kanyakumari Government Medical College (KGMC) at Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.
After inaugurating the Cardiology Department of the hospital, the first in the district, Vijayabaskar said that “the facility would help those during medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and strokes. This will help to treat poor patients free of cost”.
To ensure round-the-clock services, the minister also inaugurated an emergency maternity block costing ₹12 crore. An equipment, worth ₹3 lakh, facilitating electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the mentally ill patients was also inaugurated. The minister dedicated 10 ventilators, 10 multi-parameters, and 20 monitors at the renovated post-natal ward at ₹1.17 crore.
The zero delay ward, which is renovated at a cost of ₹40 lakh, under the Tamil Nadu Accident and Emergency Care Initiative (TAEI), will be pivotal in saving lives during an emergency, said Vijayabaskar.
“The norms stipulated by the Medical Council of India had been strictly followed by the State government. Following this, 380 undergraduate seats and 508 postgraduate medical seats had been added to the medical government colleges in the State. This makes Tamil Nadu, the state with the most number of medical seats in government hospitals in the country,” he said. – The Hindu