The Central Homeopathy Research Center (CCRH), the National Homoeopathy Research Institute in Mental Health (NHRIMH) at Kurichi, run by the Ministry of AYUSH, is set to take a major initiative with the central government sanctioning Rs. 200 crores for development work.
According to officials, the government has in principle approved the construction of hostel blocks at Rs. 21 crores, for which work is likely to start soon. “Apart from the hostel block, the project also envisages the expansion of the hospital into a 300-bed facility. As part of this, a new building complex with a total built-up area of 40,000 square meters will be set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 180 crores. On completion, it will build academic blocks, conference/ conference centres, libraries, documentation and rehabilitation units. The entire project is entrusted to the Central Public Works Department for execution, ”he said.
The institute currently operates from a building constructed on 1.78 acres of land allotted by the state government with a built-up area of 7,250 square meters. The state currently allocated 7.59 acres of land to take the expansion.
500 patients a day
The institute is currently connected to a 100-bed capacity hospital. At the OP clinic for psychiatry and general ailments, about 500 patients visit daily. Additionally, it also implements community mental health programs, peripheral OPDs, health care camps, among many other projects.
The institute was allowed to start MD (Homeo) courses, PhD and other paramedical courses in 2016. Affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS), Thrissur, it opened the first batch of MD (Homeo) course in Psychiatry and Practice of Medicine in November 2018. Admission to the second batch has been completed and classes are to begin from 5 November.