Kochi: Two important meetings are scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday at Kalamassery and Kochi, respectively, with the involvement of people who matter, to shape the future of Kochi Cancer Centre and Ernakulam Government Medical College. DC gets MLAs to speak on issues that matter vis a vis the centre.
Hibi Eden, Ernakulam MLA
The Government should urgently open the OP wing of the cancer centre. the CSR funds of companies can be properly utilized for the development of the centre and the Ernakulam Government Medical College (EMC). The cancer centre should be developed as a research centre. Already the Kochi General Hospital cancer ward is bursting at its seams with patients. The EMC’s functioning has to brought on track. Staff integration has to be completed. The new government needs to do a lot for the two institutions.
V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, Kalamassery MLA
The integration process at the EMC should be completed at the earliest. The day to day administration of the college should improve and the top authorities of the college should pay more attention to it. There are facilities at the college but they should be put to good use. In the case of the cancer centre, the last government created posts for OP and the new government has to deploy people in these posts to open the OP. The centre should be made an autonomous centre on the lines of Sree Chitra Institute.
Eldhose Kunnappilly, Perumbavoor MLA
The outpatient wing of the Kochi Cancer Centre should start functioning without a minute’s delay. The number of patients is increasing and people do not know where to go. A lot of people from Perumbavoor and other eastern parts depend on the EMC. The facilities, number of doctors and departments should be increased and pressure should be exerted on Government to uplift the medical college.
A.M. Ariff, Aroor MLA
The Kochi Cancer Centre would be a big relief to people in districts like Alappuzha who now find it very difficult to access the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. Special officer Dr V.P. Gangadharan’s expertise should be properly utilized. All concerned should get rid of any lax attitude and take up the development of both cancer centre and EMC in right earnest. I promise to take up this cause with the State Government.
Anwar Sadath, Aluva MLA
There is no doubt that the cancer centre is an absolute necessity given the increasing number of cases. The previous government was close to realizing the OP wing. The new government should open the OP and realize the rest. The EMC is in a state of disarray which is further indicated in the death of the MBBS student Shamna Tasnim in the absence of getting timely quality treatment. More facilities should be added to it and doctors and other staff should behave more responsibly. We are here to support it and pressurize the government to give funds.