A day after the Cabinet decision to take over the Co-operative Medical College (CMC) in the city, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar said the procedure to bring it under the administrative control of the Department of Medical Education and to provide better treatment and infrastructure facilities would be completed very soon.

A special officer would be appointed to coordinate the process and to convert the institution into a full-fledged institute of higher medical education with state-of-the-art treatment facilities, he said. Interacting with mediapersons here, Mr Sivakumar said he has approached the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister seeking enhanced budgetary allocation for the medical college this time to convert it as the best medical college-cum-hospital in central Kerala. According to Mr Sivakumar, his department is committed to ensuring high quality for the medical college by ensuring the best faculty, infrastructure and treatment facilities.

According to Mr Sivakumar, there would be 100 seats for MBBS course at the college. The admission process would be similar to that existing in other government controlled medical colleges, he said.

Cancer institute

According to Mr Sivakumar, a high-level meeting would be held in Kochi in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on December 27 to mark the completion of the transfer process from the control of the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education. The Ministers of cooperation and PWD would attend the meeting apart from senior officials of departments concerned.

Mr. Sivakumar said the proposed cancer centre for the district would come up in close proximity to the medical college. A report on setting up the centre has been submitted by the director of the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, he said. The officer has been entrusted with the task of preparing a detailed project report. “Malabar Cancer Centre also will be expanded soon by allocating more funds. Each medical college in the State will soon have a cancer treatment centre and all the district hospitals will get special cancer detection centres,” he said.

He said the proposal to take over the Pariyaram Medical College from the cooperative sector is now pending before the government and a decision would be taken after consulting all concerned.

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