Social Welfare Minister P. Geetha Jeevan inaugurated the ‘varumun kaapom' medical camp at R.C. Primary School, Threspuram on Sunday, and said such medical camps were serving its purpose of providing health care to those who could not afford medical treatments by health care professionals.
A total of 1,293 patients were screened during the medical camp.
Out of them, three had been referred under Kalaignar Health Insurance scheme.
About 60 scans and 48 ECGs were conducted on patients.
Free spectacles were also provided to 150 students from various schools under ‘Kalaignar's Pallichirar Kannoli Kaapom Thittam.'
Spectacles were being given every year to encourage students affected with refractive error to continue education, she added.
Assistance to needy
Presiding over the programme, Collector C.N. Maheswaran said such programmes were being organised to provide medical assistance to the needy at their doorsteps.
Hence people should utilise such facilities.
S. Uma, Deputy Director, Health Services, Tuticorin, said as many as 77, 000 students from 496 government and aided schools in various parts of the district would be screened in 2010 – 11 under Kalaignar's Pallichirar Kannoli Kaapom Thittam.
The students of classes VI, X, XI and XII would undergo screening during various schedules.
During 2009-10, a total of 5, 709 free spectacles were provided to students identified with defective vision.
The students of classes six, seven and eight had been identified from 482 government and aided schools in the district.
Besides, financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 10 lakh including Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit scheme was extended to 157 beneficiaries.
Mayor of Corporation R. Kasthuri Thangam, P. Kubendran, Commissioner of Corporation and councillors were present on the occasion.