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Diocese proposal to start medical college

Staff Collector

MADURAI: The Church of South India Diocese of Madurai-Ramnad has proposed to start a medical college and a research centre here.

The `CSI College of Medical Science and Research' with a 500-bed hospital facility would come up on vacant 80 acres Diocese land at Pasumalai.

Disclosing this at the Bishop's Consecration Day Celebration and inauguration of new departments in the Christian Mission Hospital (CMH) here on Sunday, A. Christopher Asir, Bishop, Diocese of Madurai-Ramnad, said that the main aim of the Diocese was to upgrade the Christian Mission Hospital on the lines of CMC, Vellore. It had been the dream of the Diocese to start a medical college and research centre in Madurai so that it would benefit people from southern districts, he said. Addressing the gathering, Speaker, K. Kalimuthu, commended the services rendered by the Bishop and the CMH.

He also recalled the days when the hospital catered to the medical needs of the poor like the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH). For many years CMH had been the next choice of the public, he said and added that the Bishop had redeemed the past glory of the hospital by renovating and inaugurating new departments.

He said that the dream of the Diocese to start a medical college would be materialised if the Centre, which had more powers than the State, considered its request and granted permission.

The Member of Parliament, P. Mohan, lauded the efforts taken by the Bishop to upgrade the CMH and said that Madurai was fast developing in the fields of education and medicine.

Earlier, the Department of Psychiatry De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre, Accidental and Trauma Care with Ventilator, ENT-Nasal Video Endoscope and Operating Microscope, Colposcopy (screening of Cancer Cervix), renovated operation theatre and reception counter were inaugurated. Dr. C. Ramasubramanian, Coordinator, Mental Health Programme, Madurai and Ramnad districts, Dr. James Srinivasan, Bishop of Tiruchi-Tanjore Diocese, S. Rathinavel, president, Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Valarmathi Jebaraj, MLA, took part.

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