The 12th Five-Year Plan outlay for JIPMER has been enhanced to Rs 1,000 crore from Rs 800 crore by the Planning Commission, JIPMER director Dr T S Ravikumar said.
A similar amount would also be provided under the non-plan. The play outlay for the current financial year is Rs 345 crore.
The institute, which has made several projects and proposals, would focus on addressing 10 non-communicable diseases, including mental health and neurology. Tertiary care centres would be linked with primary health centres.
The de-addiction programme in six centres would be expanded to Karaikal, with another centre to be established in JIPMER’s outreach centre there. The centres would also address physical and mental health.
Besides, counselling would be taken up for behaviour modification and social determinants of health. The institute is expanding its reach and making it more robust by integrating all disciplines.
The institute had also constituted committees for starting a liver transplantation programme in the institute next year, said Dr Ravikumar.
Organ harvesting is necessary for sustaining the programme. Besides participation of other medical colleges, awareness programmes would also be conducted to educate the public on organ donation, he said.
“A policy decision by the government in this regard is necessary. We had discussed it with the Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister and other officials,” the director said.
The School of Public health would be started in this academic year on vacant premises of hostels and other buildings. Social and preventive medicine would also be expanded, he added.