Modern cancer-care equipment for MCH
Steps are afoot to set up medical colleges in all districts in the State, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a high-energy linear accelerator and other equipment for cancer treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, on Thursday.
After the United Democratic Front (UDF) government assumed power, steps had been taken to establish 10 medical colleges in the government sector. A medical college had started functioning at Manjeri and steps were afoot to open seven other medical colleges, he said.
Medical colleges in the cooperative sector in Kochi and Kannur were being brought under the government sector. Once these 10 medical colleges started functioning, Kollam would be the only district without one. Steps would be taken to establish a medical college there too, Mr. Chandy said.
Cancer treatment facilities in north Kerala would be improved. To begin with, facilities at the Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery, would be improved. Cancer care centres would be opened with Central assistance in Kochi and Kozhikode, he said.
The Chief Minister inaugurated an endosonogram for detecting stomach cancer; 16-slide CT scanners, and a guesthouse as well. The cost incurred was Rs.1.25 crore, Rs.3.5 crore, and Rs.69 lakh respectively.
The Rs.10-crore linear accelerator could be used to exterminate cancerous cells without affecting the healthy ones, a press release issued here said.
Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar, who presided over the function, said Rs.150 crore would be spent to make the medical college a centre of excellence. The Centre would provide Rs.120 crore.