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Medical college, a boon to residents of Ramnad

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To be established at a cost of ₹ 325 crore with State support

The Centre’s nod for establishing medical college at the district headquarters hospital here marked the fulfilment of a long-pending demand of the people.

Ever since former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had accorded medical college status to the hospital in December 2012, expectations ran high that the State government would start a medical college but it continued to elude the district due to various reasons.

After the State government cited financial crunch, people pinned hopes on the Centre after NITI Aayog identified the district as one of the aspirational districts for overall development.

The Centre came forward to establish the medical college at a cost of ₹ 325 crore with 40% support from the State government after Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October, 2018. Medical practitioners and leaders of various political parties said the medical college hospital would be a boon to the people of the district.

Officials said the district administration has made available required lands for additional buildings and hostels. Former Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan took keen interest in securing medical college for the district.

The 632-bedded hospital has 16 slice CT scan, 1.5 Tesla MRI scan machines, five ventilators and mammogram for detecting breast cancer, among other facilities. The hospital has dialysis unit, trauma care, a comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care was being built in the hospital at a cost of ₹ 18 crore.

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