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REWARDING TALENT: Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare M.R.K. Panneerselvam (second right) presenting an award to a surgeon (second left) at the convocation of the Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of India conducted as part of the ASICON 2009 conference in Coimbatore on Monday.
REWARDING TALENT: Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare M.R.K. Panneerselvam (second right) presenting an award to a surgeon (second left) at the convocation of the Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of India conducted as part of the ASICON 2009 conference in Coimbatore on Monday.

Staff Reporter

‘Render service and strengthen Kalaignar Kappeettu Thittam’

Coimbatore: Young surgeons and medical practitioners from Tamil Nadu should come forward to render service and strengthen ‘Kalaignar Kappeettu Thittam’, the ambitious scheme of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, said Minister for Health and Public Welfare M.R.K. Panneerselvam on Monday.

The Minister was speaking at the convocation of the Fellow of Association of Surgeons of India organised as part of the 69th National Conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) ASICON 2009 at CODISSIA Fair Grounds.

The Kalaignar Kappeettu Thittam is aimed at providing insurance cover to poor people and it covers treatment for 51 ailments. This was mooted to provide access for the poor to private hospitals as Government hospitals were not able to handle the increasing number of patients.

Lauding the conference for its effort to update the knowledge of the surgeons, Mr. Panneerselvam said there is a pertinent need for such conferences for coming out with innovative medical practices and surgical procedures. He said that earlier people from Tamil Nadu used to go out for treatment but now the State is proving to be an ideal destination for health care. Minister for Rural Industries and Animal Husbandry, Pongalur N. Palanisamy took part.

As many as 72 persons were inducted as Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of India and a number of awards were presented to the Surgeons who had excelled in various spheres of surgery by R.P. Srivastava, President of ASI. The fellowship induction was done by Dr. Srivastava, President Elect N.K. Pandey, District Collector P. Umanath, ASICON Organising Committee Chairman C. Palanivelu and Organising Committee Secretary Sadasivam. Secretary of the Association Arvindkumar said that during the current year there had 767 new members, the highest ever in the recent times. He said that ASI had come out with clear cut guidelines on medico legal issues since “well informed is well prepared and forewarned is well armed”. Similarly with the help of World Health Organisation, Safe Surgery, Save Lives Check List has also been brought out for the benefit of members.

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