Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister for Health and Family Welfare P.K. Sreemathy has suggested the need for setting up a common District Medical Officer (DMO) for both government and private hospitals to ensure a comprehensive data on the various types of diseases reported in the State.

Ms. Sreemathy was speaking at a national programme for prevention and control of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here on Sunday. The Minister said a good number of hospitals in the State operated in the private sector.

There were no proper data regarding the patients who visited these hospitals. Kerala’s health indictors could not be judged on the basis of figures from government hospitals alone, she said.

The Health Minister dwelt on the need for a standardisation of infrastructure facilities in government hospitals.

The Minister said the schedule for a comprehensive school health card programme that would track the students right from the date of joining the school till the completion of their Plus Two course had already been prepared.

The Rs.5-crore programme would be implemented in association with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

“We have also decided to set up a sports medicine unit at the Kozhikode Medical College in association with the Department of Sports. The money for the project has already been set apart,” she said.