BENGALURU: The decades-long demand for a super-speciality hospital in Uttara Kannada district has borne fruit after an important meeting convened by Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar. After chairing the meeting, the minister announced that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s government has given in-principle consent for construction of a super-specialty hospital in Kumta taluk.
At present, people are forced to travel to other districts for treatment in case of emergency. Earlier, proposals for the construction of a super-specialty hospital sent by the Karwar Institute of Medical Sciences were rejected by the Finance Department. This had led to discontentment among people over the neglect of the district.
The health minister assured that the proposal to set up a super-specialty hospital at a suitable location in Uttara Kannada district will be considered. Decisions have already been taken regarding the recruitment of medical staff and creation of infrastructure for Karwar Medical College Hospital. He also said that steps have been taken to upgrade various hospitals in the district.
Social Welfare Minister Kota Srinivasa Pujari said, “The meeting with the health minister on setting up a super-specialty hospital in Uttara Kannada and upgrading various hospital departments was fruitful. The health minister has almost agreed to set up a super-specialty hospital in Kumta taluk. He will personally visit the district and look into the facilities available”.