PG courses for Cochin Medical College likely this year

Authorities of Cochin Medical College (CMC) are making amends to start PG medical courses. Officials said they would apply for clearance from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start PG courses by May 25.

The medical college has already got the clearance from Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences (KUHAS) for the purpose.

"We will be applying for PG courses in 10 branches including medicine, orthopaedics, physiology, paediatrics, microbiology and forensic. We expect to start the courses from the next academic year itself,'' said CMC medical director Junaid Rehman. There will be at least two PG seats in each branch.

Efforts are on to upgrade the blood blank and to secure NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers) accreditation. At present, the blood bank at Aluva district hospital is the only NABH accredited bank in the state.

"On Thursday, we signed an agreement with Kerala Medical Service Corporation Limited (KMSCL) to procure entire medicines required for the medical college. This would ensure transparency as well as quality,'' Junaid said.

The dialysis centre, which had been lying defunct for quite some time, would be reopened by month-end. The vacancy of technician has been filled. "Appointment of 30 doctors, including senior posts, will begin from Monday," said the medical director.

Meanwhile, Cape authorities have given instructions to its accounts department to complete the account verification soon.

The agency, which has been entrusted with the duty, has already submitted the report for 2009-10, which stated that the medical college has a deficit of Rs 47 crore during the period. It is learnt that the report for 2010-11 also have been prepared.

Now, the agency has to prepare the reports for 2011-12 and 2012-13.

These reports would be handed over to district collector, who has been entrusted by the state government to prepare a report on the assets and liabilities of the medical college.

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