Kochi: The Cochin Cancer Centre’s out patient wing is to become operational from 8 November 2016. It shall begin operations in a building at Ernakulam Medical College campus. The government has kept its promise and the official inauguration of the out patient wing is likely to be held in on November 11.
The government is now looking for a Director for the Cancer Centre. “It is not necessary to have a director to start the OP. A director is required only when the Cancer Center becomes full fledged,” said Dr Sanil Kumar, Volunteer Justice V R Krishna Iyer movement. The movement is campaigning for the center.
“What really matters is opening of the OP unit. The Regional Cancer Centre at Thiruvananthapuram too had a humble beginning. RCC started functioning in ward in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, but now it has grown into such a big institution which provides wide spectrum of services,” said Dr Sanil Kumar.
According to P. Rajeev MP, “The government has issued orders appointing doctors and supporting staff for the OP Wing. Their appointment orders were sent out last week,”
“Making service of existing doctors available for the OP section of the Cancer Centre will be decided after discussions with the medical college authorities,” he added.
A 12.12 acres expanse has been earmarked for the Cancer Centre on the campus of the Government Medical College. A new block which had been constructed on the campus has been identified as the Out Patient section.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had laid the foundation stone for the Cancer Centre on August 18, 2014.