To be performed in GHs and 17 recognised hospitals
TIRUCHI: A total of 102 school students belonging to weaker sections, including 101 hailing from the rural areas, will benefit from the Chief Minister’s Cardiac Surgery Scheme.
The beneficiaries were identified by the State Public Health Department during the medical camps held in various parts of the district in the recent past. The surgery will be conducted either in the government hospitals or in any of the 17 private hospitals identified in the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai, as per the wishes of their parents, State Transport Minister K. N. Nehru said here on Friday.
Speaking at a function to inaugurate the cardiac surgery screening camp at the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, Mr. Nehru said that the doctors from the primary health centres (PHCs) screened the students during special camps held in the schools and found that 403 were suffering from suspected heart disease. After further screening by specialists of the Government Hospital here, 102 students were found to be in need of heart surgery. Mr. Nehru said that another group of 90 students who were suspected to be having heart ailments were being subjected to preliminary screening here.
The Government will sanction Rs.10,000 for closed heart surgery, Rs.30,000 for open heart surgery and Rs.70,000 for serious open heart surgery. As the GHs have been overburdened, the government has recognised 17 private hospitals – 10 in Chennai, four in Coimbatore and three in Madurai – for performing surgeries. It has sanctioned Rs.20 lakh for the implementation of this scheme in the district.
The Minister said that the government has come forward to allot Rs.100 crore for improving the facilities at the GH here and sanctioned Rs.50 crore for constructing new buildings. The Government has planned to start over 100 new PHCs in the State and the district was expected to get five new PHCs shortly.
The District Collector, T. Soundiah presided. State Forests Minister, N. Selvaraj, Dean, K. A. P. Viswanatham Government Medical College, P. Ravishankar, Deputy Director of Health Services and Family Welfare, V. Veerapandian and others spoke.