Coimbatore, Nov 18: State Government is making efforts to meet the hospital's long-pending demand for kidney transplantation and heart surgery centres, said Health Minister M R K Panneerselvam assured the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Monday, Nov 17.
With the hospital approaching its centenary year, a centenary committee to plan and implement various activities would be announced soon, he said.
Panneerselvam was responding to an appeal from Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N Palanisamy for the renal and cardiac wings. Palanisamy said even District Collector V Palanikumar requested Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday, Nov 17 morning for steps to establish these wings.
Palanisamy said that out of the nearly 6,000 out-patients and more than 1,500 in-patients at the hospital, many were found to have defects in the heart. Assistance was provided from the MLA's constituency development fund to enable people to undergo surgery at private hospitals. But, that was not enough now.
Earlier, private hospitals performed heart surgery for Rs 60,000. Now, the cost had gone up. Therefore, it was important that the CMCH had a heart surgery centre to provide free service to poor patients.