KOCHI: The Cardiology Department of the Ernakulam Medical College is on the verge of closure, pointed out Dr Abdul Khader, general secretary of the hospital and department HoD. He said the department should be revamped on a war-footing. He was speaking at a function held to inaugurate a demonstration in support of the department.
Dr Abdul Khadar also said the Indian Medical Council had laid stress on the importance of a fully functional Cardiology Department so that medical colleges do not lose recognition for MBBS and PG courses. “It is of utmost importance that a heart patient is treated according to the rules laid down by the American Cardiology Society, which requires ‘AA’ cardiology ICU and cath-lab. Treating patients without such facilities would mean that the department is denying them of their rights.
Cardiology Patients Forum president K P Shivathanu Pillai presided over the function. Abdul Kareem; Dr Sunny P Orathel, IMA Kochi unit president; Kochi Medical College Teachers Association general secretary Dr Unni Krishnan G; treasurer Dr Anitha Thilakan; House Surgeon Association president Dr Basitha Sulaiman; Cardiology Patients Forum general secretary Abdul Salam; Save GMC member Eloor Gopinath; Sunil Krishnan Kutty; Ajitha Vatsan and Shihaba K spoke.