Ernakulam General Hospital, one of the oldest government hospitals in Kerala, is setting milestones one after the other to become the face of Kerala’s successful public healthcare system.
After setting up a dedicated cancer block at a cost of Rs 25 crore, the hospital is now readying infrastructure for conducting kidney transplant surgeries. Kerala Health Minister Veena George has said the hospital will soon be ready to conduct kidney transplant surgery while the cancer block will be inaugurated in the first week of May. The Minister also said that a neurosurgery division will start functioning at the hospital in June this year.
By conducting successful open-heart surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR (heart valve replacement without an open-heart surgery), the hospital has already made significant strides in cardiology treatment.
Ernakulam General hospital is the first hospital in the state to obtain NABH – NQAS (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare – National Quality Assurance Standard) in 2009. KIIFB had allotted Rs. 76.5 crore for Ernakulam General Hospital. It was the first ever KIIFB funding for the health sector and the super speciality block at the hospital was built using this fund.
The hospital has various specialties, including a well-run oncology department and most modern diagnostic and treatment facilities like linear particle accelerator. It also offers free nutritious food, prepared at in-house dietary kitchen, to patients.