Addressing the issue of the shortage of staff in the government hospitals, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said 137 vacant posts among the allied health workers, that is, Auxilliary Nurse Midwives, nurses, lab technicians and others would be filled in a week’s time.

Further, the CT Scan machine at the Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital had been repaired and one more had been acquired for the Indira Gandhi Medical College, he said speaking to the press at the signing of the MoU between Senior Joint Replacement and Arthroscopy Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Madan Mohan Reddy and the Government of Puducherry.

According to the MoU, Dr. Reddy and his team will perform knee replacement surgeries and hip replacement surgeries for Puducherry patients at the Government Hospital. The procedures will be free of cost to the patients, and the Government will provide the infrastructure facilities along with implants for the surgeries.

The same surgery at Apollo Hospital would cost over Rs. 2,00,000. Currently, anywhere from three to five patients from Puducherry receive knee replacements at Apollo every month.