Steps are afoot to raise the Ernakulam District General Hospital from the multi-specialty status to a super-specialty status.

The hospital that gets funds from the people's representatives and NGOs to set up various departments and other works would seek assistance to set up cardiology, neurology, nephrology, urology, endocrinology and gastroenterology super-specialty departments where OP and surgical facilities would be made available.

In the first phase urology and surgical gastroenterology are being considered to be set up for fixed days in a week in the afternoon. The Hospital Development Society would take a decision in this regard soon.

The hospital with about 800 beds and a history of about 150 years competes with the private hospitals around the district.

With the first ever dietary kitchen in the Kerala's public health sector and the first big hospital to have acquired the quality accreditation from National Board of Hospital Accreditation, the hospital provides facilities on a par with any private hospital, said P. I. Sheikh Pareed, district collector and the chairman of the Hospital Development Society.

The need for a super-specialty hospital arose when the need for a medical college was being debated.

More than a teaching college here, a super-specialty hospital in the government sector is the need, said Junaid Rahman, medical superintendent.

National Rural Health Mission, Kerala, would be providing funds for the development of the hospital. Besides funds for GH, NRHM funds would be used to develop the facilities at the primary and community helath centres and taluk hospitals.

Medical surgery, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, ENT, Dental surgery, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Physical Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Planning, Anaesthesia and Radio Diagnosis are the existing specialties that the General Hospital has.

X-ray, CT scan, mammography, ultrasonography, chemotherapy, radio therapy, de-addiction centre, adolescent clinic are some of the other facilities available at the General Hospital.

Cardiology, neurology and other super-specialty departments would be set up.