Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the right to health should be considered a fundamental right. He was unveiling the plaque to mark the beginning of construction of the Idukki Medical college here on Friday. It was with this aim that more medical colleges were being started in the government sector. He said modern treatment facilities were available in the State. However, all sections of the society should have access to it. This was the reason for starting medical college facilities in the government sector, he said. Mr. Chandy said the largest number of complaints he received through his mass contact programme was for financial help for treatment of diseases. The Karunya fund was launched with the aim to help the poor who suffer from diseases.

Mr. Chandy said the Idukki medical college was a long-cherished dream of the people in the district. “It is a large district and if treatment facility is made available here itself, many precious life could be saved”, he said. Kannur, Ernakulam and Kollam are the districts where medical colleges are being set up along with Idukki.Finance Minister K.M. Mani, who inaugurated the public meeting, said that fund would be made available to complete the works in a time-bound manner. P.G.R Pillai, special officer of the project, said the hospital would have a total capacity of 500 beds and it has been planned to make it fully operational by two years.

The total amount for the construction of the hospital is Rs. 270 crore. Later, Mr Chandy also inaugurated a mini civil station at Nedumkandam.

CM unveils the plaque to mark the beginning of construction of the Idukki Medical College.