An exclusive care being taken by staff nurses at primary health centres and government hospitals has gone a long way in early detection of non-communicable diseases in the district, said speakers at a function organised by Tamil Nadu Health System, non-communicable diseases wing of health department, here on Saturday.
K.R. Ramanathan, Joint Director of Health, who gave away prizes in competitions held in the day to sensitise women students of colleges to the need for early detection of cancer, said 80 staff nurses had been posted at government hospitals and primary health centres in the district, exclusively to control non-communicable diseases. An intensive test of blood pressure, diabetes, cervical and breast cancer were being conducted.
A month-long awareness campaign on cervical and breast cancer has been launched in September and October.
Dr. Ramanathan said the district performed well in early detection of non-communicable diseases. V.C. Subash Gandhi, district coordinator, said all government hospitals and primary health centres in the district fared well in conducting preliminary clinical tests for early detection of cervical and breast cancer. As many as 75 students from various colleges participated in the painting, elocution, poetry, drama and essay writing competitions.
Chokkalingam, regional consultant, spoke on the importance of awareness among women students.