Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said that the work of the proposed medical college here will commence in March.
The foundation stone laying of the medical college would be held in March and around 60 acres of land had been acquired for the institution in Badiyadka village here, Mr. Sivakumar said after reviewing the Republic Day parade at the Municipal Stadium grounds here on Saturday.
A commission headed by former Chief Secretary P. Prabhakran appointed to assess the development needs of the backward district had earmarked Rs.280 crore for the medical college, Mr. Sivakumar said.
The United Democratic Front (UDF) government was planning to set up seven medical colleges in the State, he said.
The government would ensure supply of quality medicines through Karunya pharmacy outlets in the State, he said adding that those who earned Rs.3 lakh a year would be entitled to receive Rs.2 lakh medical help through the Karunya health scheme.
Steps had been taken to set up free of cost dialysis facilities in 46 taluk hospitals and to fill in vacancies of doctors in government hospitals.
The government, for the time being, would announce the National Human Rights Commission recommended relief package for around 2,000 endosulfan victims in the district, he said.
The function was attended by MLAs N.A. Nellikunnu, K. Kunhiraman, and E. Chandrasekharan; district panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi; District Collector P. S. Mohammed Sagir; Superintendent of Police S. Surendran; and leaders of various political parties.