THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister K K Shylaja on Friday told Assembly that a master plan will be prepared for the development of Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital.
The hospital authorities have already been asked to prepare a master plan, she said while replying to a private member’s resolution regarding the need to rein in private hospitals and medical laboratories.
She said steps will be taken to procure funds from KIFB once the master plan is prepared. Shylaja also said the hospital, which has much historic significance, need to be developed. “The hospital already has funds with it and the money can be made use of in the most fruitful manner,” she said.
About the surprise visit she made to the hospital on Thursday, the minister said everything is not well there. She said directions have been given to the authorities to maintain cleanliness and a drive has already been started.
On the issue regarding the empty liquor bottles that were found in the hospital premises, she said the authorities have been asked to inquire into it.
Meanwhile, K Muraleedharan, MLA, said the people’s representatives have not been given information regarding the functioning of the hospital. Meanwhile, Shylaja said all the issues related to the hospital will be sorted out at the earliest.
She had on Thursday visited the General Hospital after complaints poured in against the hospital authorities. On reaching the hospital, she found that the doctors and other staff had not arrived. She then directed the hospital superintendent to give an explanation regarding the late coming of the staff. During the visit, she also found that medicines for children were being stored in rusted cupboards.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Police Association and the Kerala Police Officers Association have decided to launch a cleaning drive at the hospital from Saturday.