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Alappuzha, Thrissur and Kottayam medical colleges to be modernised

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MBBS seats to be increased by 50 each

ALAPPUZHA: The Government is planning to modernise the Alappuzha, Thrissur and Kottayam medical colleges with the help of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Health Minister K.K. Ramachandran has said.

Inaugurating the modernised intensive care unit of the cardiology department of Alappuzha Medical College Hospital (MCH) on Friday, Mr. Ramachandran said the Government would seek a loan of Rs.124 crores from NABARD for the purpose.

The preliminary discussions had been held and NABARD had demanded the detailed project report, the Minister said.

He said the number of seats for the MBBS course in Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur medical colleges would be raised by 50 each from next year. The Government had already received permission for the same, the Minister said. Mr. Ramachandran said the Union Government had allotted Rs.1.5 crores for upgrading the nursing school attached to Alappuzha Medical College to a full-fledged nursing college.

Mr. Ramachandran said the Government would take steps to fill the 57 vacant nursing assistant's posts in the medical colleges. The Government was considering the appointment of retired hands to the post on a temporary basis as an immediate solution, the Minister said. He also promised to take immediate steps to start a laboratory attached to the cardiology department of Alappuzha MCH.

Minister for Tourism K.C. Venugopal who presided over the function said the Government was considering a proposal to establish a biomedical waste treatment plant at Palakkad with the cooperation of the Indian Medical Association for the treatment of such waste from Alappuzha MCH.

Mr. Venugopal said the Government would take steps to open a dialysis unit at Alappuzha MCH for the financially backward people. He added that a neuro-surgery unit would be started here. Mr. Venugopal, who is also the Alappuzha MLA, promised help from the MLA fund to modernise the mortuary of Alappuzha MCH.

Alappuzha municipal chairman P.P. Chitharanjan who spoke at the function said the Government should take immediate steps to appoint more doctors in the casualty section. He also demanded steps to establish an intensive care unit with the general medicine department here.

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