Published: 20th February 2016 06:04 AM | Last Updated: 20th February 2016 06:04 AM | A+A A-By Express News Service
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday dedicated to the state the new building of the Regional Cancer Centre, which is on par with private hi-tech hospitals. He also inaugurated the first public sector PET scan unit in the state, which has been installed at the new block.
With the commissioning of the new multi-storeyed building, the space crunch at RCC can be solved to a great extent. Apart from the new building, the government has allotted 15 acres of land at Pulayanarkotta in order to develop the functions of RCC. Health Minister V S Sivakumar inaugurated the Anaesthesia Simulator Laboratory here.
The new building, built at a cost of Rs 38 crore, will house the outpatient clinics, Nuclear Medicine Department, Epidemiology division and Academic Divisions. It will also have the administrative division and a mini data centre.
National Institute status
Inaugurating the building, Chandy said that the government had always given importance to the health of the people. “Cancer patients have been increasing in the state. The government has given much prominence to cancer treatment in the last 4 and a half years. He also mentioned that the state government has approached the Centre seeking National Institute status for RCC.