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Maintain vigil against diseases, says Minister

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Projects worth Rs. 25 crore for hospital

HEALTH FOR ALL:Health Minister Adoor Prakash inaugurating the Pulse Polio immunisation programme at the Kottayam District Hospital on Sunday.
HEALTH FOR ALL:Health Minister Adoor Prakash inaugurating the Pulse Polio immunisation programme at the Kottayam District Hospital on Sunday.

Kerala cannot afford to remain aloof to the outbreak of diseases in the other States, Minister for Health Adoor Prakash has said.

The increasing number of migrant labourers in the State has made it necessary to remain cautious to the occurrences in other parts of the country. The Minister cited the case of polio infection that was reported from the Howrah in West Bengal last year.

Inaugurating the Pulse Polio Immunisation programme in the State at a function that was held at the District Hospital here on Sunday, he said that the Health Department was initiating a comprehensive development project worth Rs. 25 crore for the District Hospital here.

Mr. Prakash stressed on the necessity of upgrading the medical facilities in the hospital to lessen the heavy influx of patients at the Kottayam Medical College hospital. It this situation has to be addressed, the facilities at the other hospitals must be upgraded accordingly, he said. In addition, the proposed Medical College hospital at Pathanamthitta would also prove effective in reducing the burden of the existing one at Kottayam. The required land has been identified for the purpose. The Revenue Department has been requested to complete the necessary formalities for transferring the property at the earliest, he said.

In his address, Minister for Revenue and Kottayam MLA, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that it was important to develop the peripheral medical facilities in the district.

He called upon the Health Minister to address the shortcomings that have existed during the handling of the dialysis units at the district Hospital.

Mr. Radhakrishnan also urged for an increase in the number of seats in the Government School of Nursing here from the existing 20 seats.

Director of Health Services P.K. Jameela, District panchayat president Radha V. Nair, Kottayam Municipal chairman Sunny Kalloor, District Medical Officer N.M. Aisha Bhai were among those who offered felicitations.

District Collector Mini Antony welcomed the gathering. Additional Director of Health Services N. Sreedhar proposed the vote of thanks.

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