The Northern Malabar Region of Kerala State is comparatively less developed and lacks in advanced medical facilities though Kerala take the pride of place in health care map of India. People in this area depended on hospitals in Manipal, Vellore, etc in other states for which they had to spend a lot of time and money. In order to provide advanced facilities in this area and to create an institution of excellence for people, a modern hospital complex in the co-operative sector was setup at Kannur, which facilitates for Service, Education, Training, and Research. The hospital under the "Cannanore Co-operative Hospital Society Limited, No.C-834" was called "A.K.G Memorial Co-operative Hospital Society Limited".
AKG Memorial Co-operative Hospital was started in 1980 in the month of May as a 22 bedded one. It has developed into a 450 bedded multi-speciality facilities having 24 departments with 41 doctors and 289 paramedical staff. The second unit of the society, AKG Memorial School of Nursing was started in 1985 and it had completed its 30 batches with 725 students completing their General Nursing course. The third unit of the society, AKG Memorial College of Nursing was started in 2008. It has completed the entry of the fifth batch giving admission for 247 students.
Sri. AK Gopalan A.K Gopalan (Ayilliath Kuttieri Gopalan) was an outstanding leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Left and democratic movement in the country. Joining the Communist Party in 1939, he became a member of the Central Committee of the united Communist Party in 1951, a member of the Party's central secretariat in 1958 and was a member of the Politbureau of the CPI(M) since 1964 till his death. AKG made significant contributions to building the people's movement under the leadership of the CPI(M) and mass organisations of toiling people, especially of the peasants and agricultural workers. For over two decades, till his death he was President of the All India Kisan Sabha. From 1952, except for 1957-62, AKG was the leader of the Opposition in Parliament, respected and listened to with attention by all. He passed away on March 21, 1977 at the age of 73.