The Coimbatore Corporation identified on Sunday 92 persons with various ailments for treatment under the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life-saving Treatment.
The Corporation organised a free camp at its Ranganathapuram School at Ramnagar in the city to identify beneficiaries whose family income did not exceed Rs.72,000 a year. Mayor R. Venkatachalam, Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra and Deputy Mayor N. Karthik oversaw the conduct of the camp. Doctors from the Corporation and private hospitals in the city screened 101 persons.
“They identified 92 persons as eligible to avail themselves of advanced treatment in private hospitals under the scheme,” the Mayor said. On the types of diseases identified, Mr. Venkatachalam said 10 persons were being referred for heart surgery, 19 for orthopaedic surgery and 12 for ENT (ear, nose and throat) procedures.
The others included one cancer patient, six persons with problems in the kidney, 13 with neurological disorders and six with gastro-intestinal problems.
“The camp on Sunday was held in South Zone. Similar ones will be conducted in the other three zones also,” the Mayor said. The scheme would be of immense benefit to the urban poor in the city.
Coimbatore district was leading in treatment under the scheme. Out of 15,991 people identified for surgeries, 13,814 had already undergone various procedures, a press release from the Corporation said. Efforts would be made to cover all eligible persons in the Corporation limits, the Mayor said.