The Indian Naval Hospital Ship, Navjivani, the ninth hospital of the Indian Navy, was commissioned by Surgeon Vice Admiral A.C. Anand, who is also Director, General Medical Services (Navy), at a function at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) here on Wednesday.

INHS Navjivani located in the INA was conceived in 2004 to cater primarily to the health care needs of cadets undergoing training at the INA, and also to render medical care to the dependents of the serving personnel and ex-servicemen of the Malabar region.

The 60-bed hospital complex is spread over an area of 10,500 sq.m. and was completed over a span of five years.

Well-equiped facility

INHS Navjivani is a well equipped healthcare facility with advanced equipment and infrastructure, such as an advanced anaesthesia workstation, a modular operation theatre, computerised radiography, and transport ventilators.

Vice Admiral Anand said the facilities of this hospital would be provided to the personnel of the Defence Security Corps and 122 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) stationed in Kannur.

People to benefit

The healthcare facilities at the hospital would also be provided to the local people during emergency situation, he said. In his inaugural speech, he said that gynaecology and paediatric departments would be started soon in the hospital.

He said there were five doctors and 40 staff at the hospital under the leadership of Sub. Lt. Commandant Amit Kumar. Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, and INA Commandant Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan were present.

Surgeon Captain Sandeep Singh Khanuja, Commanding Officer of INHS Navjivani, read out the commissioning warrant. The hoisting of the Naval Ensign for the first time and breaking of the commissioning pennant marked the formal commissioning ceremony.