Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on 9th April will lay the foundation stone of the first super specialty hospital in the backward district of Wayanad, promoted by Dubai-based Dr. Azad Moopen. The D.M. Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences (DM WIMS), which will concentrate on medical education as well as tertiary care, is also the first venture of Dr. Moopen Group’s subsidiary, DM Education and Research Foundation.
The first phase of the hospital is scheduled to open in June 2012, and the medical college aims to take its first batch of students for the MBBS course in August 2013. Industries Minister P. K. Kunhalikutty, Health Minister Adoor Prakash and Youth and Tribal Affairs Minister P. K. Jayalakshmi will also attend the project launch ceremony besides local lawmakers and legislators representing the region.
“With nearly 1,200 doctors and 3,000 nurses working in our institutions, it is important that DM Healthcare contributes to the pool, rather than just consume, for a sustainable existence,” said Dr. Moopen. “At DM WIMS, we aim to merge learning and healing with nature in a comprehensive medical campus, where quality education in a serene ambience will be imparted to future generation.” Spread across 50 acres in Meppadi, Wayanad, the 2.5 bn project aims to create a comprehensive academic medical campus, providing graduate and postgraduate courses and research facilities in medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, paramedical and associated subjects.
DM WIMS consists of a 1.2mn sq ft of built-up area with a 700-bed teaching hospital, academic block with simulation, lab, lecture halls and e-library, residential facility for at least 80% of the staff and students, a food court, residential and shopping centres and a complete green campus with botanical gardens. According to Dr. Moopen the teaching hospital aims at improving healthcare infrastructure in the district where the existing doctor-population ratio is 1:1,600. The hospital will cater to healthcare needs of the poor and needy including tribals from the neighbouring districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
“Though not needed as part of requirement in a medical college, the hospital which starts functioning this year shall have tertiary care facilities like interventional cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery apart from well-equipped emergency unit with trauma care and intensive care unit facilities,” he said. While bringing affordable advanced healthcare to the population in these districts, DM WIMS also offers the medical students the opportunity to live close to nature and witness the healing and care provided to the poor and needy population in the area.
Subsidised and free treatment will be provided to the needy. The DM Foundation also plans to set a not-for-profit cancer centre with radiation oncology facility and a dialysis centre within the campus. DM WIMS will also provide paid, private rooms and suites to accommodate the patients who can afford it. It will be the first medical campus in India designed on ‘green building’ concepts and with a botanical garden in a resort ambience, offering on-campus living and recreational facilities for students and staff in a scenic and serene backdrop, he said. By 2017, the hospital will have 750 MBBS seats, 1,256 postgraduate students and 200 teachers and doctors.
Courtesy: GULF TIMES