BANGALORE: Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology of Bangalore will open its branches in Mysore and Hubli for the benefit of heart patients.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa who, on Friday chaired a meeting of the Governing Council of the hospital here, said the branch in Mysore would be established at the Mysore Medical College building and it would become operational in September.
The Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) renovated the first floor (10,000 sq ft) of the Mysore Medical College recently and a 60-bed facility would be provided at the branch. The required equipment and manpower from Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology would be shifted to the branch in Mysore, he said.
A sum of Rs. 5 crore has been provided to the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology in the State budget for 2009-10. The Chief Minister said the Hubli branch would be established at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli, for the benefit of people in north Karnataka. Now, poor heart patients from north Karnataka districts come to the hospital here and seek treatment.
C.N. Manjunath, director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, said the opening of the Hubli branch would be delayed as groundwork had not been done.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said budgetary allocations would be made to provide free treatment for at least 2,000 heart patients in a year at the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology.
Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda was present.