Special Correspondent

In five government medical colleges in the State

Some courses which lost MCI approval restored

Anganwadis allotted have started functioning

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy said here on Monday that five government medical colleges in the State had obtained sanction for starting new postgraduate courses. Besides, some of the courses which had lost the approval of the Medical Council of India (MCI) had been restored.

Addressing a press conference, the Minister said the new courses included those in radiotherapy (Kozhikode), pulmonology (Thiruvananthapuram), transfusion medicine (Thiruvananthapuram) and nephrology (Thrissur) with two seats each. Besides, a course with six seats in medicine was sanctioned to Alappuzha Medical College. Kottayam Medical College got back its course in nephrology.

Replying to questions about the criticism of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) about the failure of the Social Welfare Department to start aganwadis sanctioned to the State by the Centre, Ms. Sreemathy said all the 6,242 anganwadis granted to the State had commenced functioning. It might be true that all these had not started functioning at the time of preparation of the CAG report for year ending March 2007. She claimed that the State Pollution Control Board was effectively intervening to ensure proper disposal of medical waste.

The Minister said that special diagnostics and treatment camps would be organised for women at 59 selected district, taluk and general hospitals and hospitals for women and children on March 8 as part of the observation of Woman’s Day jointly by the Health and Social Welfare Departments. Expert doctors from medical colleges would examine women for detection of ailments including mental ailments, the Minister said.