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Medical college building inauguration a surprise to Vellore

By Our Staff Reporter

VELLORE, DEC. 9. The new building of the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital, constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crores, on the premises of the erstwhile Government TB Sanatorium at Adukkamparai, near here, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, on Wednesday. In a remote-controlled operation, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 300-bed hospital. Simultaneously, she declared open the Government Theni Medical College Hospital at Thirumalapuram.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) is yet to make a final inspection of the Vellore hospital premises for granting approval for starting the college on the new campus, for which the Government has been doing the spadework for starting the institution from 2005-2006. The buildings in the erstwhile TB Sanatorium have been upgraded and renovated at a cost of about Rs. 1 crore to accommodate 100 MBBS students. Professors and heads of departments from other medical colleges have been transferred to the GVMCH and they have joined duty.

It was expected that the Chief Minister would visit Vellore to declare open the new building of the GVMCH. And yesterday's inauguration, at the Theni function, has taken the public of Vellore by surprise.

In a press release issued last night after the inauguration of the GVMCH at Theni, the Vellore Collector, S. Gopalakrishnan, said the new medical college hospital would start functioning immediately and treat the patients on the new campus.

Rooms yet to be occupied

The general health, diabetes, blood pressure, dermatology, leprosy, mental health, paediatric, immunisation, anti-rabies, filariasis and malaria units were shifted to the Adukkamparai campus from January 21, 2004. Though the new building has been completed, except for white washing of the interiors, doctors were yet to take charge of their rooms and the patients were yet to be admitted to the new wards.

The hospital continues to function in the old TB Sanatorium buildings and the casualty department in the erstwhile Government Pentland Hospital campus here.

The government order for construction of the new medical college hospital was issued by a July 26, 2000 Health and Family Welfare Department order. Administrative sanction for the construction of the new building was given through a November 19, 2002 GO.

Front, rear blocks

Ms. Jayalalithaa laid the foundation on February 4, 2003, while the actual work commenced on November 6, 2003. The new building comprises a four-storeyed front block and a five-storeyed rear block. Both are connected by ramps.

The ground floor in the front block will house the out-patient wing, the first floor the intensive care unit, and the second and third floors wards.

The ground floor of the rear block will accommodate the blood bank, laboratories, the X-ray unit, medical record rooms and the maternity ward.

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