‘The funds generated from the scheme are utilised to purchase implants, consumables, new equipment and renovation of the insurance wards’

Government Health Institutions in the State have generated revenues to the tune of Rs. 300 crore from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS). This was a third of the total Rs. 900 crore disbursed under this insurance scheme in the past one and a half years of its implementation.

Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project Director and Health Department Special Secretary Pankaj Kumar Bansal told The Hindu here on Saturday that under the earlier version of the insurance scheme, Government hospitals accrued only 1.16 per cent of the total outflow. The rest went to private hospitals empanelled under the scheme.

“The CMHIS has been designed to benefit State-run health institutions with a lot of flexibility accorded to the Government hospitals. The funds generated from the scheme are utilised to purchase implants, consumables, new equipment and renovation of the insurance wards.”

The Government health apparatus was also gearing up to tackle any outbreak of diseases during monsoon.

A minimum of ten workers have been appointed in each block to eliminate mosquito breeding and the primary health centre staff were instructed to keep a close watch on fever cases in their locality.

NCDs campaign

He said that the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) screening campaign had gathered momentum across the State with a large number of hypertension and diabetes cases being detected. Treatment for cervical cancer was now available in almost all Government hospitals.

Mr. Bansal was in the city on Friday and Saturday to review the implementation of various health schemes in the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode.

The performance of the Government health institutions in the last six months was analysed during the meeting.

He said that the Nilgiris district had achieved a considerable increase in the number of surgeries and had generated nearly Rs. 1 crore from the CMHIS.