The analytical laboratories in government hospitals will not be privatised and the fees levied for tests will not be enhanced, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Thursday, Mr. Sivakumar said that laboratories would be set up in all public health centres soon. There were no proposals for raising the out-patient (OP) fees in government hospitals.

Another MRI scan machine would be installed at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and CT scan machines would be set up in five district hospitals. A positron emission tomography scan for diagnosing the growth of tissues and internal organs would be set up at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. Five more district hospitals would get CT scan. A project for setting up 10 trauma care centres along the National Highway stretch had been submitted to the Centre.

The Clinical Establishment Bill would be piloted after the budget session. The Bill would help to monitor and regulate the health sector. There was a shortage of rabies vaccine. The Pesticide Testing Laboratory of the Kerala Agriculture University had submitted a report to the Centre regarding the pesticide content in vegetables and fruits being carted from other States.

Formalin content in fish too had been detected. A drive conducted through public health centres had found that about one-lakh out of the 12 lakh people above 30 years of age who were subjected for medical tests were having lifestyle diseases.

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