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Adopt villages, medical colleges told

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Host of facilities inaugurated at the Government Kilpauk Medical College


Smart cards have been issued to the students to enable them to access online medical journals

The government has also sanctioned MRI scan and digital x-ray equipment for KMC


Photo : M. Vedhan

Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam inaugurates the website of Government Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai on Friday. Director of Medical Education and KMC Dean V.Kanagasabhai is in the picture —

CHENNAI: Every government medical college must adopt a village and provide quality healthcare services to the rural people, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam said here on Friday.

Inaugurating a host of facilities at the Government Kilpauk Medical College, he said some of the colleges have already started doing so. While Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital conducts weekly health camps at Alamathi village, Madras Medical College has adopted Keezhacheri village near Sriperumbudur. KMC must also adopt villages and offer medical services there, he said.

Highlighting various measures being undertaken in the health sector, he said the medical college under construction in Sivagangai would be opened next year. The government aims to open medical colleges in every district.

Launching the e-library service at KMC, he said smart cards have been issued to the students to enable them to access online medical journals. Ten computers have been provided for the smart-card integrated computer lab. Steps would be taken to extend the service to students of all government medical colleges.

On the various projects at KMC, he said additional buildings to accommodate the faculty block and hostel in the college and casualty and outpatient blocks in the hospital are under construction. They would be opened in two or three months. The government has also sanctioned MRI scan and digital x-ray equipment for the hospital. A reverse osmosis plant worth Rs.5 lakh has been provided to ensure provision of safe drinking water to students and faculty.

Both the English and Tamil versions of KMC website, www.gkmc.in, were also launched by the Minister during the occasion.

Director of Medical Education and KMC Dean V.Kanagasabhai said it was the first government medical college in the State to have a full fledged website in Tamil.

The students' handbook, which was brought out after a gap of over a decade, would help in learning about the college activities, he said.

Mr. Panneerselvam also gave away prizes to winners of various sports competitions held for medical, nursing and lab technician students.

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