Minister confident of obtaining Medical Council of India's consent
VILLUPURAM: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will declare open various structures built at an aggregate cost of Rs.79.50 crore, including the 500-bed government medical college hospital at Mundiampakkam near here on Sunday evening.
The hospital to be attached to the government medical college now under construction has an out-patient ward and a laboratory with a blood bank. On the occasion, the Chief Minister will also lay foundation for other civil works to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.75.75 crore, according to K. Ponmudy, Higher Education Minister.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the Minister said that new buildings had been provided for the three police stations at Chinna Salem, Villupuram and Tindivanam at a cost of Rs.90 lakh and police quarters had been built at Kachirapalayam at a cost of Rs.1.14 crore.
The Minister was confident that the Medical Council of India (MCI) would give its consent to the new medical college and the admission would begin in the coming academic year.
The function was organised as a thanksgiving measure to the Chief Minister who had fulfilled the long-cherished dreams of the residents by establishing two government engineering colleges affiliated to the Anna University, Chennai, and the medical college.
The Minister added that the Chief Minister would earlier inaugurate the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam office “Kalaignar Arivalayam” and also the Indian Bank Automated Teller Machine there. In the night the Chief Minister would address a public meeting at the Villupuram municipal grounds.
The administrative building, laboratory, library and classrooms of the medical college were being built as per the MCI norms, said the constructor to this correspondent. The constructor further said that the proposal to set up an incinerator for disposal of medical waste was shelved following the direction of the authorities that such a common utility should be set up only at three places in the State. The out-patient ward shifted from the government hospital premises to the new campus on February 15 has been attracting on an average of 1,200 patients a day. The State Transport Corporation has already started shuttle services between the new bus stand to the medical college hospital at a flat rate of Rs.3 per head.
After the inauguration the entire OP section would be shifted from the government hospital to the new premises. Only the leprosy, tuberculosis, Siddha and CT scan sections would function from the existing hospital.