Staff Reporter

Rs. 8 crore sanctioned for upgradation works

Casualty services will be extended to two blocks and an additional floor on the new hospital block will be built.

KOCHI: The district General Hospital has been sanctioned Rs. 8 crore for upgrading facilities for acquiring the quality certificate of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals.

Work will start by the end of March and tenders for the same will be floated this week.

The district GH will be the first of the 19 hospitals in the State that will be upgraded for NABH certification.

The work that will upgrade the facilities of the GH to that of any high-end private hospital involves not just expanding the facilities but providing top quality services, said Dr. Junaid Rehman, the Resident Medical Officer of GH and a member of the district-level committee that will oversee the work for NABH certification.

All the work is expected to be completed by the end of this year, said Dr. Rehman. Two members of the NABH consultant group, Acme Consultants, based in Chennai, are working with the hospital in the endeavour, he said.

The casualty services will be extended to two blocks and 25,000 square feet will be added with an additional floor on the new hospital block. All the wards in the hospital will be upgraded according to NABH requirements that include tiled flooring and walls.

The hospital will have a reception counter and will have an e-office, keeping in tune with modern times.

The office renovation work is in progress that will be over by the month end, said Dr. Rehman.

The medical ward of the general hospital is already under renovation with help from the Rotary Club.

The ward will be ready in a week.

The NABH requires that the hospital follow certain policies and protocols.

Training will be imparted to all the hospital superintendents to keep up with the certification’s needs.

Minister of Health P.K. Sreemathy, at a function in the hospital, launched the website of the GH. It can be visited at www.generalhospital

Nursing school

The Ernakulam District School of Nursing is likely to be upgraded into an institution offering degree courses once the renovation work on the building and the nurses’ quarters are over.

Ms. Sreemathy, who inaugurated the Rs. 1.75-crore work, said the Nursing School has been taken up by the Ministry as a special case and the government will push for recognition by introducing another year for the nursing course.

The renovation work by Hindustan Prefab will be over in six months.

The new building will have spacious lecture halls, air-conditioned laboratories and a full-fledged library.

The dilapidated condition of the Nursing School had many times made the authorities to shut down the school for leak and water logging repairs.

The school was also shut down in December when many of the students contracted dengue fever.