Amrita Healthcare Services attached to Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi, is gearing up to extend maximum possible healthcare facility to pilgrims visiting Sabarimala during the forthcoming Mandalam-Makaravilakku season that begins in mid-November.

Talking to The Hindu, K.Mohanachandran Nair, AIMS chief liaison officer, and Jayakumar Pandalam, administrator at Pampa, said AIMS would be providing its state of the art healthcare facility, with a mobile telemedicine unit-cum-operation theatre at Pampa during the period.

Mr Nair has called upon the Travancore Devaswom Board to provide space for parking the self-contained mobile cardiac care unit beside the Ayyappa Medical Centre at Pampa itself.

According to him, the AIMS-run Ayyappa Medical Centre at Pampa will have an Intensive Care Unit-cum-Cardiac Care Unit, emergency treatment room, clinical laboratory, X-ray unit and advanced ambulances with CCU and ventilator.

AIMS has already extended its healthcare service at the Ayyappa Medical Centre during the monthly puja and other festival periods following requests to that effect from different quarters.

Mr Nair said as many as 20,000 pilgrims had availed the AIMS free healthcare facility at Pampa during the previous pilgrimage season.

The number of patients visiting the centre during the five-day monthly puja period has been recorded at 500 during the past three months, he said.

He said AIMS had spent Rs 45 lakhs for running the Ayyappa Medical Centre at Pampa during the previous pilgrim season, besides Rs 2 lakh each for operating the centre during the five-day monthly puja period every month.

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