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Minister inaugurates upgraded PHC at Tirumanur

ARIYALUR: The recently launched Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments has evoked tremendous response in the State and in the last four months of its implementation as many as 22,441 persons underwent free surgery at a total cost of Rs.76.63 crore, said Health Minister M. R. K. Panneerselvam on Wednesday. Addressing a function after inaugurating the upgraded 30-bed primary health centre with all facilities built at a total cost of Rs.58 lakh at Tirumanur, he said that about 1.38 crore people had enrolled under the insurance scheme against the target of one crore people and pointed out that photographing of all the beneficiaries would be completed in a month. He said that biometric smart cards had been issued to about 89 lakh beneficiaries under the scheme. Mr. Panneerselvam pointed out that all the upgraded 30-bed PHCs would function round the clock. The latest medical equipment including scanning machine had been provided to all Government hospitals and upgraded PHCs on a par with private multi speciality hospitals.

People in rural areas were coming in large numbers for getting treatment at the PHCs. He said that he would consider upgrading the Government Hospital at Ariyalur as District Headquarters Hospital. He pointed out that the Government had appointed a total of 28,800 medical and para medical staff in the last three years.