Government to setup Mini RCC’s and Organ transplant institute
As part of decentralising cancer treatment facilities in the state, the government will setup Mini Regional Cancer Centers (RCC) at Medical college Hospitals in the state.
The mini RCC will have the facilities for screening, treatment, and follow-up for breast, cervical, and oral cancers. HealthMinister V S Sivakumar has said that, speciality units such as medical oncology, and surgical oncology would be opened in a phased manner at the Medical College Hospitals of Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kozhikode. Currently, these facilities are only available in RCC Trivandrum and the Malabar Cancer Centre. Doctors who successfully completed the specialist course in the RCC will be appointed in the Mini RCCs. A follow-up treatment facility will also be available at the RCC, MCC and Mini RCCs. Similar cancer treatment facilities will be launched in select government hospitals in districts such as Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Palakkad, and Kasaragod.
Minister V S Sivakumar has also said that, the government will set up an Organ Transplant Institute at the Medical college,Trivandrum and will enhance the facilities for cadaveric organ transplant programme in the state. Under the Mrithasanjeevani scheme,the MCHs colleges at Trivandrum, Kottayam and Kozhikode will become approved organ retrieval centers. Once the Organ Transplant Institute was established, facilities could be developed to perform heart, liver, and lung transplants in the government sector. As of now,the facilities for renal and cornea transplants are available only in the government sector
To accommodate more patients, multi-disciplinary ICUs, multi-disciplinary labs will be setup at Medical College Trivandrum. He also said that the e-health programme linking all health institutions through computers will be implemented at a cost of Rs 96 crore for the first time in the country.