Working to start MBBS courses at Konni Medical School

Expecting another round of inspections by the National Medical Commission in the near future, the state government has initiated work to obtain the required permission to commence classes at the Government Medical College, Konni along with the hospital.

Speaking to the media here on Sunday, Health Minister Veena George said deficiencies flagged by the NMC during its previous round of inspection had been corrected. Work on the hostel building, which would have the capacity to accommodate 100 students, would be completed in October while work on the staff accommodation was also progressing rapidly.

Of the 394 positions created by the government at various levels, 258 have been filled while appointments to the others are in process.

The minister’s statement came amid raging protests from the United Democratic Front (UDF) over the delay in receiving the green light from the NMC for the opening of MBBS classes. Although the authorities announced earlier that classes for MBBS students would start from the next academic year, the lack of adequate infrastructure, including laboratories and student hostels, proved to be a hindrance. major in obtaining the green light from the NMC.

Meanwhile, the minister also talked about plans to install a state-of-the-art CT scan machine at a cost of ₹6.5 crore. Medical equipment worth ₹19.5 crore would be procured for the Gynecology, Pediatrics and Ophthalmology departments within one month to ensure full-scale operation of the respective outpatient wings.

Ms George also sought to allay concerns over the notification of the monkeypox case and said special alerts had been issued in five districts. Assistance desks have been opened at airports and people with suspected symptoms of the disease have been asked to contact the nearest health facility.

Christopher S. Washington