To diagnose health issues at the initial stage and to provide medication to the needy patients, a Non-Communicable Diseases Screening Programme was launched by the Tamil Nadu Health System Project in association with the Medical and Rural Health Services Department here on Saturday.
Labour Minister S. T. Chellapandian inaugurated the programme at Tuticorin Government Medical College in the presence of Collector Ashish Kumar.
All men and women above 30 years of age and who are vulnerable to hypertension, diabetes, cervical and breast cancer could utilize this opportunity and get themselves screened at all primary health centres and government hospitals across the district free of cost.
After screening, needy patients could also avail medical treatments from hospitals, he said.
So far, 4, 824 patients have been treated under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme in Tuticorin Government Hospital. As for education, the government has set aside Rs. 17, 000 crore to offer quality education to students, he added.
The Collector, in his address, said many people had adapted to varied lifestyles and dietary patterns making them vulnerable to diseases.
Hence, such people should make necessary changes in their lifestyle and besides taking preventive care should also do some physical activity.
He said the Chief Minister was also paying attention to develop sports infrastructure and Tuticorin would get an indoor stadium to boost the morale of sportspersons.
J. Nallathambi Diwakar, Joint Director (in-charge), Medical and Rural Health Services, Tuticorin, said “the non-communicable diseases have become the leading cause of death and disability in India causing each year about 53 percent of all deaths”.
S. Uma, Deputy Director of Health, Tuticorin, said cervical and breast cancer were rated as leading killer diseases among women in India.
Benefits of the programme could be availed from 65 centres, including 52 primary health centres, three urban health posts under Tuticorin Corporation, eight taluk and non-taluk hospitals, one gove rnment head quarters hospital in Kovilpatti and a government medical college hospital in Tuticorin.
Besides, a total of 3, 275 students with refractive errors of standards six and seven were provided with spectacles under ‘Palli Sirar Kannoli Kappom Thittam’.
Dean of Medical College, A. Edwin Joe, Bosco Raja, Deputy Director of Health, Kovilpatti, Sundaralingam, Deputy Director, Tuberculosis and other doctors also attended.