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People welcome shifting of outpatient ward to Tiruvarur Collectorate

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Convenient location:A view of the new outpatient ward building at Tiruvarur.
Convenient location:A view of the new outpatient ward building at Tiruvarur.

Special Correspondent

As a prelude to the functioning of Government Medical College

TIRUVARUR: Shifting of out patient ward to the new building at the Collectorate as a prelude to the functioning of Government Medical College at Tiruvarur from this year has been welcomed by people.

Those who came to the ward seeking medical advice on Thursday said that the new building had all the facilities and adequate space than the previous district headquarters hospital. With town buses operating from Tiruvarur bus stand they said they had no problem in reaching the ward. The bus fare was also reasonable at Rs.3.50. The new building was constructed at a cost of Rs.8.5 crore.

A total of 761 patients came to the ward on Thursday. Out of them 343 were male an 418 were female. Many of them said that they came from nearby villages around Tiruvarur. They liked the atmosphere of the new building which had a children's park also inside.

According to P. Ramakrishnan, Dean of the college, the building had been constructed as per the norms of the Medical Council of India. OP services for eye, dental, psychiatry, gynaecology, general medicine were functioning at the building. ECG was also being taken.

Dr. Sundar, Resident Medical Officer, said that an ambulance was also shuttling from the district headquarters hospital in the town to the new ward for the benefit of the patients.

M. Chandrasekaran, Collector, said that the medical college construction works were being carried out on a war footing. A 300-bedded hospital, college, laboratory, hostel buildings were nearing completion. The Medical Council of India team was expected to visit the college soon and after its approval the college would start functioning from this academic year.

Chief Minister Karunanidhi and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin would participate in the inauguration of the college.

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