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More hospitals needed in rural areas: Health Minister

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Doctors should be willing to serve in rural areas, he says

Minister for Health K.C. Veeramani presenting the best outgoing student award to K. Sindhuja during the graduation day at Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College in Salem on Saturday. Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami is in the picture.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Minister for Health K.C. Veeramani presenting the best outgoing student award to K. Sindhuja during the graduation day at Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College in Salem on Saturday. Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami is in the picture.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

With the increasing population, there is need for more doctors and new hospitals in rural areas, Minister for Health K.C. Veeramani said here on Saturday.

Speaking at the graduation day and students council inauguration at Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, he said that currently there are 20 medical colleges, 44 district hospitals, 158 taluk-level hospitals, 1,614 primary health centres and 8,076 sub-centres in the State. “But there is a need for establishing more hospitals in rural areas,” he said.

World Health Day

Doctors should be willing to provide service to people in the rural areas and should not be money-minded, he said. He wanted the doctors to create awareness on hypertension as part of the World Health Day observance.

Under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, 105 government hospitals had received Rs. 205 crore and 751 private hospitals Rs. 450 crore towards treatment provided to patients, he added.

PHCs

Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami said that the government was spending Rs. 25 lakh for creating a doctor and Rs. 50 lakh for a post-graduate doctor.

He said that upgrading Primary Health Centres is benefiting more villagers and called upon doctors to serve in rural areas.

Degree certificates were handed over to 82 students. Collector K. Maharabushanam, S. Semmalai, Member of Parliament, Dr. K. Prakasam, president, Tamil Nadu Medical Council, MLAs and others spoke.

Earlier, Dr. R. Vallinayagam, Dean of the college, welcomed the gathering while Dr. S. Mohammed Musthafa, vice-principal of the college, proposed a vote of thanks.

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