Kerala Health and Decentrlization Project
The Thrikkakara Municipal Co.operative Hospital was formed as a part of people's plan campaign of Municipality. Though only five kilometers east of the city of Kochi, also called Ernakulam, Kerala's most urbanized area, Thrikkakara has not yet lost its rural scenery of river, hills and paddy fields. Recently the Municipalilty become a suburban development area of the city of Kochi.
The head quarters of Ernakulam district are located in this part of Edappally Block Panchayath with land prizes lower than in Kochi. A number of entrepreneurs started business here The Indian Navy's Oceanographic laboratory, AIR, Dooradarsan are located here. The only export zone in Kerala, and a number of other institutions came up here, besides the headquarters and government servent's quarters for about 500 families,new quarters for the Public Works Department have also been constructed. About 100 housing complexes and flats came in to existence in this place where land prices are lower than in Kochi city. In short,the population here almost doubled in decade from 1990 to 2000.
Despite the presence of central and state government infrastructure and employees, health facilities in Trikkakara were surprisingly underdeveloped. In 1999 the population of this Municipalilty of 28.1sq km was calculated as 75,000 on the basis of renewed voters list and on the basis of new houses. The official census was held in 1991 and the population of Thrikkakara Municipalilty at that time was 51,166. Y et, there were only two government Primary Health Centres and a few clinics in the depend on the two surrounding urban areas. The private sector speciality hospitals in Kochi were very expensive and therefore inaccessible to common people.
To provide "Special healthcare at affordable cost to all".
To provide quality treatment at an affordable cost to the common people.
To make available the service of specialist doctors, departments and equipments at an affordable rate.
To make better convergence of efficiency in the private sector and affordability of treatment cost in the public sector.
To propagates values of health for all and democratization of public health system.
To meet the current challenges of environmental degradation, changing life style, diseases, health hazards created by urbanization, withdrawal of a financially sapped government and their negative impact on public health