Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A two-day annual conference of the Kerala Government Medical Officers' Association (KGMOA) will begin at Fine Arts hall here on January 20.

C.K. Ramachandran, former director and professor of medicine of Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, will inaugurate the conference at 8.45 a.m.

P.K. Sreemathy, Minister for Health, will inaugurate a public meeting on January 21 at 5 p.m.

K.V. Thomas, MLA, will release the souvenir. A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, District Collector, will deliver a keynote address.

The meeting will discuss the issues faced by the health sector of the State, including the shortage of medical practitioners in the State service, said Sunny P. Orathel, association State president.

Almost all the Government hospitals were facing shortage of doctors. There were only 78 doctors in Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, which has 770 beds and 42 in Ernakulam General Hospital, which has 780 beds, is 42. Last year, 300 doctors retired from the service and 300 more would retire in 2007.