PUDUCHERRY: Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh, along with Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam, inspected the government medical college on Wednesday to review the progress of construction works. The visit also marked the commencement of the Out Patient Department for the medical college hospital.
Home Minister E. Valsaraj, who also holds the Health portfolio, was present. Officials said that all requirements of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start first year classes at the college have been fulfilled, including laboratories, demonstration halls, hostels and teaching faculty.
“A basic hospital has been established to accommodate 300 patients. Emergency services have been established at the hospital. The Out Patient Department has started functioning from today. It has all departments including medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology,” an official said.
Four operation theatres have also been set-up at the hospital.
Teaching faculty have been appointed as per the MCI requirements for first year classes, he said, adding that MCI inspection of the government medical college has been tentatively scheduled for the first week of May.
Four hostel blocks - one each for boys and girls students, nurses and residents - were also ready.
The blocks for students could accommodate about 400 persons, he added. A sum of Rs. 125 crore has been spent so far at the government medical college and hospital, the official said.
Secretary (Health) B. Vijayan and Director of Health Dilip Kumar Baliga were present.