Tata COVID hospital in Kasaragod | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister K K Shailaja informed that the hospital constructed free of cost by the Tata Group as part of COVID resistance activities in Kasaragod district will start functioning from October 28 onwards.
In order to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital, 191 new posts were created in medical, paramedical and administrative sections in the initial phase. These vacancies are being filled now.
Though the hospital will be functioning as COVID hospital currently, it will be converted into a normal hospital after the pandemic comes under control. This will be helpful to improve the medical facilities in Kasaragod, the minister made it clear.
The new hospital with a bedding capacity of 553 was constructed in Thekkil village of Kasaragod with the help of the state government as part of strengthening the COVID resistance activities in the district. It was Tata Group that constructed the hospital free of cost within a very short span of time and handed over it to the government.
Earlier, Kasaragod MP Rajmohan Unnithan had announced an indefinite hunger strike from November 1 onwards in protest over the delay in opening the hospital even after its construction was complete.