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Number of deliveries at PHCs on the rise, says Minister

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Healthy trend: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam serving nutritious meal to pregnant women in Kannankurichi, near Salem, on Sunday. —
Healthy trend: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam serving nutritious meal to pregnant women in Kannankurichi, near Salem, on Sunday. —

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‘This indicates people’s faith in healthcare system in State’

SALEM: The number of deliveries reported at the primary health centres (PHCs) in the State is on the rise, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has said.

Inaugurating the free lunch scheme for pregnant women at the Kannankurichi PHC near here on Sunday, the Minister said that a total of 1,53,922 deliveries were reported in the PHCs in 2007-08 which was higher than the 2006-07 figure of 82,532 deliveries. This indicates people’s faith in the public health care system in the State, he said.

Highlighting the risks involved in home delivery, Mr. Arumugam advised the pregnant women to approach the nearby PHC to get medical assistance.

The Government has set aside Rs. 400 crore to provide financial assistance to pregnant women under Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme this fiscal, he added.

A number of PHCs were converted into 24-hour facility in the State. More than 63 lakh people in the State benefited through the special camps conducted under the ‘Varumun Kappom’ scheme.

Mr. Arumugam said that the Government has renovated the buildings of the Kannankurichi PHC at a cost of Rs. 1.10 lakh.

Equipment were provided at a cost of Rs. 2 lakh. Later, he inaugurated a family planning operation theatre.

The Minister also declared open a dental clinic established at a cost of Rs. 1.50 lakh through the Vinayaka Mission Hospital.

Salem MP K.V. Thankgabalu, Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini, Deputy Director of Health Services J. Nirmalson and senior officials were present.

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