The Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, would be made a fully referral tertiary care institution from January 1, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar, has said.

Addressing a high-level meeting convened at the Secretariat on Friday, the Minister said the work on upgrading the infrastructure in district-level hospitals would be taken up in a time-bound manner.

The meeting analysed the additional infrastructural facilities that would have to be arranged at the General Hospital, Women and Children Hospital at Thycaud and other taluk hospitals when the Medical College hospital is made fully referral. The referral protocols and guidelines have been published and the training of doctors has been completed, it was pointed out at the meeting.

Two doctors each would be additionally posted at the Nedumangad and Chirayinkeezh taluk hospitals. Public Relations Officers will be posted at the MCH, SAT Hospital, GH and W&C Hospital. The functioning of the laboratory at the Peroorkada district hospital would be extended so that testing facilities will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., it was decided.

Principal Secretary (Health) Rajeev Sadanandan; Director of Medical Education V. Geetha; Principal of Medical College Ramdas Pisharody; Superintendent K. Mohandas; Superintendent of SAT Hospital K.E. Elizabeth; D. Rajmohan, senior Health officials; and Superintendents of district hospitals were present at the meeting.

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