: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will formally commission the State’s first medical college hospital (MCH) under the management of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Ltd. at Paripally, near here, on Saturday. Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Kodikunnil Suresh will preside over the function, at 9 a.m.

The ESIC MCH complex comprising 28 separate blocks has been built on 30 acres of land on the Paripally-Paravur road off the National Highway.

The foundation stone for the Rs.480-crore fully air-conditioned MCH project was laid in February 2009 by the then Union Minister for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes.

The complex will have 28 blocks, including hostels for students, nurses, and 10-storey quarters for the staff.

The out-patient, in-patient, casualty, and diagnostic centre blocks will begin functioning soon after the inauguration.

When completed, the ESI MCH will be a 500-bed super-specialty hospital rendering cashless medical treatment to ESI beneficiaries.

The classes for the first MBBS batch of 100 students will begin in September 2014. The MBBS admissions will be on the basis of an all-India entrance examination.