The Krishnarajendra (K.R.) Hospital in city which is one of the biggest and oldest hospitals in the State, will be developed into a super-specialty hospital, according to Medical Education Minister Dr. Sharana Prakash Patil.

Speaking to press persons after undertaking inspection of the hospital yesterday, Dr. Patil said all measures will be taken for comprehensive development of K.R. Hospital, built by the erstwhile Mysore rules, with the government fully committed for providing health care facilities to the poor.

Continuing, the Minister said a full-fledged trauma centre will be set up in PKTB Sanatorium premises, in which accident victims will be given the best treatment. Also, a fully equipped 20-bed ICU facility will be set up at the Centre, for which he has asked the officials to prepare an estimate.

Pointing out that a full-fledged Jayadeva Cardiology Unit will come up in PKTB premises at an estimated cost of Rs. 100 crores, Dr. Patil said works on the project will be started soon.

The Minister also said that the Kidwai Oncology Unit in K.R. Hospital would be upgraded and the infrastructure in Cheluvamba Hospital would be further enhanced, in order to cope with the demands of taking modern health care to the poor.

New medical admission policy next year

A new policy on medical admission and the fee structure will come into force from the next academic year, said Dr. Patil.

Maintaining that the Medical Education Act of 2006 would be strictly followed for admission and fee stipulation from 2014-15 academic year, the Minister said the new admission policy will be based on the recommendations of the report that will be submitted by panel constituted for the purpose.

The government would not bow to the pressures of private managements in this regard, the Minister asserted, while reiterating the govt’s commitment on introducing the policy. He also reiterated that it was mandatory for MBBS graduates to serve in rural government hospitals for at least a year.

Six new medical colleges to be set up in State: The Minister said that six new government medical colleges — Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Koppal, Gulbarga, Uttar Kannada and Gadag — will be set up in the State for which the govt. has sanctioned Rs. 180 crores. The starting of new medical colleges, would mean availability of 900 more seats, he added.

Free medicines to poor

Earlier, life saving drugs were being sold at cheaper prices to the poor. But now discussions are going on for distributing medicines directly to the poor for free, after purchasing them directly from pharaceutical companies, the Minister said and added that he was in consultation with Health Minister U.T. Khader in this regard.

MP R. Dhruvanarayan, MLAs Vasu and M.K. Somashekar, DC C. Shikha, MUDA Commissioner Palaiah, MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh, MMC&RI Director Dr. H. Hanumanthappa, K.R. Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. B.G. Sagar and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore