The State’s first cadaver liver transplantation unit in the public sector will begin this year at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital, the Health Minister, V. S. Sivakumar, said.

In the second phase, a multi-organ transplantation institute will be launched at MCH, he said. Mr. Sivakumar was chairing the high-level meeting convened here on Wednesday to discuss the progress of the on-going projects at MCH .

Mr. Sivakumar said that Rs. 15 cr had been earmarked in this year’s budget for the liver transplant programme , which will see the training and induction of transplant biologists, surgeons, anaesthesiologists, pathologists and more nursing and other para medical staff.

The foundation stone for the Rs. 28 cr multi-disciplinary research laboratory, with a modern animal house, will be laid in the first week of August. The Rs. 26-cr project, which includes a geriatric complex, multi-disciplinary intensive care unit, poly trauma unit and modern mortuary, is also in the initial phase

The initial steps for the Rs. 80 cr. Institute of Maternal and Child Health, as part of SAT hospital, is also being initiated. Infrastructural work to the tune of Rs. 20 cr will be taken up as part of this project, which will be implemented in partnership with NRHM.

The Casualty wing of MCH will be renovated at R. 4 cr. The hostel buildings for Post Graduates and Residents will be constructed at Rs. 4 cr.

The Principal Secretary (Health), Rajeev Sadanandan, the Director of Meical Education, V. Geetha, the Principal-in-charge, K. R. Vinayakumar, the MCH Superintendent, K. Mohandas, were among those who took part in the discussions.

($EOM)

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