S. Anil Radhakrishnan

Aim is to provide integrated treatment facility

Village is estimated to cost Rs.417 crore

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A multi-disciplinary health care village has been proposed on 40 hectares of land in Kozhikode as part of providing integrated treatment facilities from all scientific streams of medicine.

Conceived by Infrastructures Kerala Limited (InKEL), the village, to be completed in four years, is estimated to cost Rs.417 crore. The project, being implemented in association with the State government, is expected to bring in another Rs.1,583 crore from the private sector in setting up other facilities.

The village is aimed at promoting medical tourism in the State, setting up wellness, preventive and alternative medicine centres, a medical college and a hospital with state-of-the-art health-care infrastructure, according to an InKEL official.

A 500-bed multi-specialty hospital is to be set up in the first phase. The village will ultimately have a 2,000-bed facility.

A medical college, a super-specialty hospital, a dental college, a nursing college and a paramedical institution will be part of the village. An exclusive Ayurvedic centre offering traditional treatment, along with a wellness centre, has been proposed, .

A medical education and training wing will come up on 10 hectares of land with the School of Medicine as the nucleus around which other institutions will function. The school will offer courses in multiple streams of traditional and modern medicine. Each stream will offer postgraduate and doctoral programmes in medicine.

The super-specialty hospital will come up in the medical services wing on another 10 hectares. The proposed recuperation centre is aimed at attracting NRI and medical tourists. Facilities such as helicopter evacuation, tele-diagnostics and telemedicine will be on offer for the needy.

Specialised centres for holistic treatment in Ayurveda, homoeopathy, naturopathy and Siddha will come up in the wellness, preventive and alternative medicine centre. An old-age home, along with a palliative care centre, is also included in the village.

Social amenities, such as residential quarters for the staff, recreation hubs, commercial hubs, educational institutions, solid- waste treatment plant, sewage treatment plant and biomedical waste treatment plant, have been proposed.

The village has been planned in such a way to project the State as a health-care and medical education hub for the world in the coming years, according to the InKEL official. InKEL will bring in co-developers or joint venture partners for the project.

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