Tamil Nadu has done well in checking the spread of A(H1N1) influenza, Union Minister of State of Health and Family Welfare S.Gandhiselvan said here on Sunday.

“Led by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu initiated a number of measures to check the spread of the flu. The measures were better than those taken up by other States. That was why the State was able to check the spread very well,” he said after inaugurating VGM Hospital-Institute of Gastroenterology in the city.

Mr. Gandhiselvan said when the world was shaken by the pandemic, India with its quality medical expertise managed to contain the impact of the flu.

The Minister also complimented the State government on introducing the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life-saving Treatment. This would help in making advanced treatment accessible to the poor sections, he pointed out. “The State has become a role model by introducing the scheme.”

“We need more doctors and medical colleges and the government is doing its best towards this end. Some of the initiatives include relaxation of norms to start these colleges. Many youngsters in the country are coming up in diverse fields. They should come up in the field of medicine also.”

The State Minister for Rural Industries Pongalur N. Palanisamy said the State government had allocated substantial funds for improving the public healthcare system. Apart from the health insurance scheme for the poor, the focus was on opening more government hospitals, he said.

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