The Health Department is conducting such mela with the assistance of
Rs. 8 lakh from Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund
KRISHNAGIRI: The Health Department presented gifts to the mother-to-be by conducting the Hindu ritual ‘Valaikappu' for 98 poor pregnant women at the special health mela organised at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Kunnathur, near Uthangarai, on Thursday.
Inaugurating the mela, Collector V.K. Shanmugam said that the department was conducting such mela's with the assistance of Rs. 8 lakh from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development fund (MPLAD). As part of this programme, the first health mela was organised at Kunnathur.
Poor pregnant women would be screened by the doctors at the camps.
Mr. Shanmugam asked the women to make use of the best medical facilities available at the Primary Health Centres nearer to them. In case of emergency they can call 108 free ambulance services to shift the pregnant women to the nearby PHC. Rural women should register their pregnancy with the Village Health Nurse and avail various benefits from the government.
Health baby contest was also held and prizes were given at the function. As many as 110 public, college students participated in the camp and donated blood.
Speaking at the function K.R.K. Narasimhan, Bargur MLA, said that he has provided Rs. 5 lakh for construction of compound wall for the Samalpatti Primary Health Centre and additional fund of Rs. 5 lakh from the MLAs Local Area Development Fund. Soon he would also extend another Rs. 4 lakh for the Kannadaalli PHC.
Dr. A. Ganesan, Deputy Director, Health Services, welcomed the gathering. K. Kandasamy, Block Medical Officer proposed a vote of thanks.
M.R. Rajendran, Chairman, District Panchayat, Dr. N. Vijaykumar, Joint Director (Health Services) among others participated