MEDICAL COLLEGE



        Sage Agasthiya, the first grammarian of good old Tamil was also the foremost of the Siddhars. (The practitioners of herbal medicines). This sage is believed to have lived in this land’s end and there is also a village by name Agasteeswaram near Maruthuvamalai which owes its name to the dwarf sage. In this village, there is a temple dedicated to Agasteeswaramudaiyar which is believed to have been consecrated by Agasthiya himself. Besides medicine and grammar, Agasthiya was also adept in Varma Sastra. General palm leaf records like ‘Varmani’ and Varma Sastra were written by Agasthiya. Even today, this healing art of varmam treatment is taught in Kanyakumari in the Guru-Sishya tradition, and treatment is also done by elders who are quite conversant with this method of treatment by applying Tamil medicines in required proportion. This method of treatment has proved successful in several cases. 

         From the period of Agasthiya to the present day, the Siddha system of treatment has been preserved carefully by the people of Kanyakumari. The growth of allopathic system of medicine in Kanyakumari district is also an interesting one. The early Protestant Christian Missionaries were considered pioneer in the field of allopathic medicine of the district . By establishing a hospital at Nagercoil, the London Mission Society (LMS) known as Church of South India (CSI) has laid the foundation for the modern allopathic system of practice in the district as early as 1838. The district owes much of its present position and importance, to the efforts of the Missionaries in the field of medicine. The allopathic system, introduced by the British was adopted as a State system of relief in due course.        

        Another native system i.e., Chintamani, which formed part of ayurvedic science was also prevalent in the district. This system describes the means of ascertaining diseases by the examination of the pulse. Since this system needed more care in the preparation of the mineral drugs, the number of patients was very limited.

          Government Kanyakumari Medical College has been functioning since 20-03-2007 at Asaripallam.  Government Ayurveda Medical College is also functioning in Kottar by the State Government.

   

 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES RENDERED BY ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

 

Sl.No

Items

 

Numbers

 

1.

   Hospitals    ( including T.B. Hospital )

 

12

2. 

   Dispensaries

 

3

3.

 

   Sanitary Primary Health centre

 

 31

4.

   Nursing Home

125

5.

   Maternity & Child Welfare Clinic

-

6.

   Allopathy

42

7.

   Ayurvedic

130

8.

   Unani

-

 

9.

   Homeopathy

 

187

Source: Dy. Director of Health Services , Nagercoil