The State government will take strict action against clinics and blood banks that are found functioning in the State without recognition, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

He was inaugurating a diabetes detection and awareness camp organised by the Indian Institute for Diabetes (IID) for Secretariat employees here on Friday.

Minister’s plea

Mr. Sivakumar appealed to the public not to be duped by unrecognised clinics or health practitioners and to seek proper treatment in the initial stages of the disease.

350 schemes

He said the State government was in the process of implementing over 350 schemes to improve health delivery.

Expensive life-saving cancer drugs and medicines for dialysis would be offered to people at fair prices, Mr. Sivakumar added.

Biggest challenge

Lifestyle diseases had emerged as the State’s biggest challenge in the health sector and it was important that the public was educated on how best these diseases could be prevented, the Minister suggested.

The Director of Indian Institute for Diabetes, Meenu Hariharan, the Additional Secretary, Health, K. Sudarshanan, and the Additional Director of IID, P. K. Jabbar, were present on the occasion.

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