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Naval Hospital Ship 'Navjivani' commissioned

Posted on Dec 12, 10:04PM | UNI

Indian Naval Hospital ship 'Navjivani', the ninth hospital of the Indian Navy, was commissioned today by Surgeon Vice-Admiral AC Anand, Director General Medical Services (Navy) at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.

'Navjivani' meaning 'bestower of new life ' is a serene complex, located amidst the pristine beauty of the seven hills at Ezhimala, The hospital was conceptualised in 2004 to cater primarily to the health care needs of INA cadets and trainees and the officials .

Mr Anand said the facilities of this hospital would also be provided to the DSC and TA 122 (inf) Bn, settled at Kannur district along with ex servicemen of Malabar region and if needed the local people during emergency situation.

Inaugurating the facility Mr Anand said, the Gynecology and pediatric departments would start soon in this hospital, considering the families of the staff. There are five doctors and 40 sub staffs here under the leadership of Sur Lt Commandant Amit Kumar.

The 60-bed hospital complex is spread over an area of 10,500 sq metres and was completed over a span of 5 years.

Defence Minister A K Antony had laid the foundation stone for this building on April 30,2007. It is well equipped facility, having an array of advanced equipment and infrastructure, such as an advanced Anaesthesia Workstation, a modular Operation Theatre, Computerised Radiography and Transport Ventilators. Vice Admiral Sathis Soni, AVSM, Southern Naval Command, INA commandant Pradeep Chauhan and other top officials of the INA and their families also attended the function.