The foundation stone for a hospital complex at Pampa, envisaged in the Sabarimala master plan, will be laid by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday.

The 30-bed hospital, with all modern facilities, including a six-bed intensive care unit, critical care unit, operation theatres and cardiology wing, will come up in four floors with an area of over 32,000 sq.ft. The Rs.15-crore project is being implemented by the National Rural Health Mission, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar said at a press conference here on Friday.

The hospital will offer medical treatment under Ayurveda and Homoeo systems also, along with modern medicine under the same roof. \An emergency wing, outpatient clinics, pharmacy, mortuary, and diagnostic facilities will also be developed in the proposed hospital. Mr. Sivakumar said more facilities were being arranged at Pampa as part of the preparations for the Makaravilakku festival. As part of tightening security arrangements, police personnel were being deployed in increased strength at Pampa and at the Sannidhanam.

He said a massive parking facility for vehicles was being set up at Nilakkal, which will henceforth be the base camp for all activities being planned at Sabarimala.

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