The Government Medical College Hospital here is emerging as the first among the 13 institutions in the country undertaking the Rs.120-crore Prime Minister’s Swasthya Suraksha Yojana to complete all commissioned projects under the scheme well on schedule.
The two main components under the scheme, an out-patients’ (OP) department block and a superspecialty block, are expected to be ready for commissioning by December. The two five-storey blocks will add 75,000 plus sq ft of space each to the hospital.
“We hope to have the honour of having the Prime Minister himself for the formal launch. The scheme is slated to transform this venerable institution into a world-class hospital. Many among us are still incredulous that the much-awaited developments are actually happening!” medical college Principal Ramdas Pisharody said.
The project is providing the medical college modern diagnostic and other equipment to the tune of Rs.50 crore. These include modern CT, ultrasound and MRI scanners, new trauma care centre and additional facilities to make it one of the most well-equipped and sophisticated hospitals in the public sector.
The out-patients’ department block, being constructed by the Public Works Department at a cost of Rs.20 crore, will house the 10 core specialties, Plastic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Cardiology clinics, the central biochemistry lab and the out-patients’ departments for national programmes such as the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, ART clinic for the HIV-infected and its Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre, which are being constructed as per the national guidelines.
It will also house the central pharmacy and a warehouse of the Kerala State Medical Services Corporation.
The block will also house the Superintendent’s office and other administrative wings, pay-wards booking facility and the utilities (canteen, ATM counter and so on) that were housed in the old Superintendent’s block and are to be demolished soon. There will be no in-patient wards in this block.
The out-patients’ department block will be connected to the building housing the central diagnostics facility and the blood bank by a ramp. The 64 slices CT machine, MRI and the new ultrasound scanner are being installed in this building. The ground floor will have 24-hours specimen collection centres. The area housing the old Superintendent’s block is to be maintained as a landscaped open area.
The superspeciality block, constructed by Hindustan Latex Ltd., will be commissioned as a fully equipped hospital unit, with all furniture in place and electrical and air-conditioning works completed. Six superspecialties will move in here with the in-patient wards.
Independent modules housing doctors’ rooms, postgraduate/residents’ rooms and out-patient consultation rooms have been constructed for each of the specialities. Each speciality will also have six wards with six beds each. This block has been constructed with a built-in building management system, which will centrally control facilities such as air-conditioning, lighting, fire safety measures and so on. The block will be connected to the old out-patient block on the third floor by a ramp.
“Remarkably, we have also managed to get some substantial requirements addressed. The KSEB has agreed to install a new substation inside the campus, augmenting the power system by 2,500 kVA, which was extremely important given the array of high-end diagnostic equipments which are being installed. Also, we have got the clearance for the creation of 354 additional posts of nursing and paramedics, plus some additional faculty posts,” Dr. Pisharody told The Hindu.
All posts created under the scheme have been included in the budget, which is also seen as a major achievement.