The proposed cancer hospital and research Institute in Kochi will soon be registered as a Society on the lines of the Regional Cancer Center in Thiruvananthapuram by the government. The chief minister of Kerala will preside as the chairman of the center.
A decision to this effect was expected to come up before the Cabinet within a week, said K. Ellangovan, Health Secretary.
The foundation for the cancer center at Kalamassery was laid on August 18, 2014. Though still the construction has to get off the starting block, the government has proposed to begin an out-patient clinic by the end of the year.
Mr. Ellangovan said, "The clinic will begin in pre-fabricated construction that will be set up in about three to four months or an alternate arrangement will be made by using available space in the medical college building. These are the options that the proposed Society for the cancer center will look into as soon as it is formed."
"The Society will also take a decision on considering the finances on offer by the District Co-operative Bank, Ernakulam. The Finance Department is also expected to clear the decision on taking on the burden of Rs. 450 crore for the cancer center," said Mr. Ellangovan.
Once the Society is formed, it will apply for loan and initiate the tendering process through the HSCC, the public sector hospital services company that had provided a detailed project report a year ago. The Chief Minister's promise of getting the cancer center ready within two years stands revised for two to three years from now.