Destination-Kerala-ahri

Thiruvananthapuram: A new block with the advanced quaternary care facilities of Ananthapuri Hospitals & Research Institute (AHRI) was inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister the other day. Ananthapuri Care @ Home and Ananthapuri Palliative Care programmes of the hospital were also launched on the occasion. Kadakampally Surendran, State Tourism Minister; V K Prasanth, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram; Dr. A Marthanda Pillai, chairman & managing director, AHRI; A Sampath, MP; MLAs V S Sivakumar, C Divakaran and O Rajagopal were also present.

Functioning as a 100-bed hospital since inception, with specialty centres for neurosciences, cardiology, trauma care and critical care, AHRI has now entered the league of a quaternary referral centre by expanding all its existing facilities. The new block of AHRI hosts state-of-the-art facilities in various specialties, including a 30-bed Neonatal and Paediatric ICU complex. “The new block – seven floors and a basement – would essentially be a 100 per cent expansion of our current capacity. With the State’s largest and the best equipped paediatric and neonatal facility in terms of both infrastructure and trained personnel, AHRI is making a foray into mother and child care,” said Dr. Pillai, the Chairman and MD of AHRI.

As part of expansion, AHRI has strengthened the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with an infertility unit, advanced facilities for gynaecologic oncological surgeries and new birth suites. Cardiology centre saw the addition of Cardiac Electrophysiology programme capable of Radio-Frequency Ablation of complex heart rhythm disorders and implantation of pacemaker-defibrillators, and Cardiac Re-synchronisation Therapy for heart failure. The department of Nephrology spread its wings and entered the domain of Kidney Transplants, including paediatric transplants.