Urgency stressed to expedite operations at recently inaugurated cath lab in Wayanad

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Building for Cath Lab (Catheterization laboratory) at Wayanad Government Medical College, Mananthavady | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Mananthavady: Efforts are underway to accelerate the completion of the catheterization laboratory (cath lab), which was recently inaugurated by the chief minister. Despite five years passing since the announcement of the cath lab and two months since its inauguration, it is still not ready for operation, causing widespread protests. As reported by 'Mathrubhumi' earlier, the seven-storey building, inaugurated by the CM himself, remains non-functional with no activities taking place. Addressing this pressing issue, the hospital development committee convened a meeting on Friday, with the cath lab and multi-storey building at the forefront of discussions.

KMCL has assured that the work on the cath lab will be completed by August. The installation of necessary machinery still needs to be carried out. Additionally, the appointment of two cardiologists is pending, awaiting an official order. The Wayanad Government Cardiology Department is also planning to commence outpatient services at the Medical College Hospital within a month. Initially, a three-day outpatient schedule per week is being considered. It is noteworthy that 'Mathrubhumi' has consistently highlighted the absence of cardiologist services in any government hospital in the district.

To operationalize the multi-storey building, the arrival of new equipment is essential. A proposal to procure equipment worth Rs 5.5 crore has been put forward as part of the Wayanad package of the state government. If approved, the multi-storey building will soon be fully operational. Delays in receiving funds for treatments targeting Scheduled Tribes and other schemes, including health insurance, are severely impacting the daily functioning of the Medical College. Approximately Rs 6 crore are pending in this category. The insufficient revenue of the hospital has also led to temporary workers experiencing salary delays. However, this matter was not discussed during the meeting.

Presided over by Collector Renuraj, the meeting saw the presence of MLA OR Kelu, other people’s representatives and officials.

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