Govt mulling on building a 1500 bed multi-speciality hospital in city

The Government, upon realising the need for having a multi-speciality hospital to cater to the needs of poor patients, is mulling on establishing one such hospital having all facilities in PKTB Sanitarium pre-mises here on KRS Road.

The Maharajas of Mysore, with an objective of providing health care to all including the poorest of the poor, set up the K.R. Hospital in the city in 1924.

The hospital, which began as a 1100-bed hospital, gradually gained popularity, with its name and fame extending to surrounding districts of Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Hassan.

As years passed by and with the increasing population, the number of patients visiting the K.R. Hospital increased multifold. With the drastic increase in the number of patients, the K.R. Hospital's Casualty, OPD, Emerge-ncy and Inpatient Departments found it difficult to treat the patients due to lack of facilities, coupled with shortage of beds.

The same is the case with Cheluvamba and Children's Hospital in the campus and PKTB Sanitarium on KRS Road.

Realising the need for easing the pressure on K.R. Hospital, MMC&RI Director Dr. Geetha Avadhani sent a proposal to the government in April 2010, seeking establishment of a 1,500-bed capacity multi-speciality hospital at the large vacant place in PKTB Sanitarium.

Responding to the proposal, the then CM B.S. Yeddyurappa, in a progress review meeting at the DC Office, had discussed the matter with the officials and even directed MMC&RI Director to get a blue print of the project prepared by the chief architect of the PWD and submit the same to the government.

Now, the authorities have again placed this proposal before the government. The city will realise the dream of having another hitech hospital if the District in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, who also holds the Medical Education portfolio, takes interest in the proposal and pushes forward the case before the government.