KALAMASSERY: Brushing aside all doubts, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday assured that Kochi would get the promised cancer centre and research institute with international standards.
“This will be a healthcare centre with international standards. The government will put all efforts to make it a reality,” he said.The Chief Minister was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the much-awaited Kochi Cancer Centre and Research Institute at Kalamassery on Monday.
“The main agenda of the government is to provide every possible support to cancer patients. That is why the project to give free treatment to cancer patient was listed first in the five-point programme announced on August 15. The project, titled ‘ Suvarnam’, will be carried out under the Health Department,” he said.The Chief Minister also promised that the Ernakulam Medical College will soon get a cardiology wing.“A government hospital without a cardiology department does not make any sense. Hence, instructions have been given to take steps in this regard. Besides, the medical college will have a bus stand. The municipality has promised to extend every support to build the bus stand, provided the government gives land,” he said.
The function was presided over by Health Minister V S Sivakumar. Gyaneshkumar, director of the Hospital Services Consultancy Centre (HSSC), which prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the centre, said that it was the third major project by the HSSC in the country, the first being the National Cancer Institute in Haryana and the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata.“Unlike the other two centres, the cancer institute in Kochi is exclusively funded by the State Government. It will be a 300-bed facility, where 1,200 patients could be handled everyday,” he said. PWD Minister V K Ibrahim Kunju and K V Thomas MP, who spoke on the occasion, asked the government to consider Kochi as a potential location for setting up the All-India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).
Justice V R Krishna Iyer, Excise Minister K Babu, Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob, Benny Behnan MLA, V D Satheesan MLA and Cancer Project special officer Dr V P Gangadharan also attended the function.
‘Confer Bharat Ratna on Iyer’
On the occasion, P Rajeeve MP asked the government to nominate Justice V R Krishna Iyer, who was instrumental in launching the cancer hospital project, for ‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian honour in the country. “The State Government should recommend to the Central Government to confer Bharat Ratna on Justice Krishna Iyer, who will turn 100 on November 15,” he said.