Through video conferencing, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa inaugurated a new medical college that is located on the Omandurar estate premises in Chennai on September 7.
The government spent Rs 200 crore in constructing the college, which is the first government-run institution in the state to have a centralized air conditioning system. The college has been allotted 100 medical seats by Medical Council of India (MCI) and has a staff strength of 410, including teaching faculty. The college is said to be the 20th medical college in the state and the first to be inaugurated in the city over the past 55 years. The government had sanctioned Rs 12.2 crore to directorate of medical services to procure state-of-the-art equipment for the college, said a government release.
New medical college is attached to the Government Kasturba Gandhi General Hospital (KGGH). Since the norms for giving permission for new medical college includes a mandate that it should be attached to a general hospital that is at least three years old, KGGH has been elevated to a general hospital status.
Chief minister on Monday also inaugurated new wings in various hospitals, laid foundation stones for new ventures and dedicated new equipment in various hospitals. "The idea behind giving so much thrust to healthcare in the state and improving infrastructure and accessibility is to ensure that Tamil Nadu should reach international standards in providing quality healthcare to all by 2023," said a senior health official.