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STAY HEALTHY: Residents of Karumbukkadai being screened at a ‘Varumun Kappom’ camp organised by the Coimbatore Corporation on Wednesday. —
STAY HEALTHY: Residents of Karumbukkadai being screened at a ‘Varumun Kappom’ camp organised by the Coimbatore Corporation on Wednesday. —

Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: The health department of the Coimbatore Corporation has screened 16,334 people free of cost at 15 camps conducted under the preventive healthcare scheme of the State Government – Varumun Kappom.

Inaugurating a health camp at Karumbukkadai on the city’s southern border on Wednesday, Mayor R. Venkatachalam said the camps helped in promoting preventive healthcare among the urban poor in a fast-growing city.

The camps were being held thrice a month for areas with a population of 50,000.

The Corporation had to hold a total of 20 such camps in the city. The camps held so far had helped in screening people for problems in the following areas: cardiac, renal and gynaecology. The Corporation said 10,400 people underwent investigations for problems in the kidney, including those that might have been caused by diabetes or some other disorders. A press release from the civic body said 1,598 pregnant women underwent scanning and electro cardiogram check-up was done for 859 persons.

Totally, 11,714 people had their blood samples tested for various problems. Another 3,161 underwent specific tests for diabetes. The blood tests were also done to detect cases of malaria. Pap smear tests were also done for women to check for cancer of the cervix.

The Corporation said it had so far spent Rs.1.42 lakh on providing medicines free of cost to those covered by the camps. It wanted the poor sections in the city to make use of the scheme, as the camps could detect health problems and refer cases for specialised care.

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