New Government Dental College and Hospital opens in Chennai, India

The facility is said to be the third state-run dental college hospital in the state of Tamil Nadu (Image: The Hindu)

Chief minister of Tamil Nadu M K Stalin inaugurated the new Government Dental College and Hospital in the Pudukkottai district of the city of Chennai over a video conference on 15 Nov.

Construction of the site began on 21 Oct 2021 and was expected to be completed by 15 Jul 2023, prior to the inauguration. According to Times of India, the facility cost Rs67.83mil (US$8.15mil) and the government provided equipment worth Rs51mil (US$0.61mil).

The campus of the Government Dental College and Hospital includes administrative buildings, outpatient quarters for students and staff, buildings for academic activities and dining blocks.

In addition, the new facility will have a faculty of six professors, 11 associate professors, 30 assistant professors and 102 non-teaching staff according to DT Next. The college has admitted 50 BDS students in August 2023 after it was accredited by the Dental Council of India earlier in May.

Chief Minister Stalin will also inaugurate building for 17 primary health centres and subcentres. The state government will also inaugurate 152 wellness centres by December, 40 of which will be in Chennai. The current estimated population of Chennai city is 6,407,000 with its metropolitan population estimated at 11,933,000.