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School Education Minister C.Ve.Shanmugam handing over an abandoned baby to the cradle baby scheme at the old government hospital in Villupuram on Wednesday — Photo: C.Venkatachalapathy
School Education Minister C.Ve.Shanmugam handing over an abandoned baby to the cradle baby scheme at the old government hospital in Villupuram on Wednesday — Photo: C.Venkatachalapathy

School Education Minister C.Ve.Shanmugam inaugurated the revival of the old government hospital located in the Villupuram town on Wednesday.

Ever since the government medical college was started at Mundiampakkam, five km from here, on March 10, 2010 the government hospital, including beds, equipment, medicines and laboratory, had been shifted to the new premises, leaving the bare buildings.

This has posed problems to thousands of patients who visited the Villupuram government hospital daily. Now they have to go to Mundiampakkam to get treatment for even minor ailments and injuries.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shanmugam said that the government had received several requests to make the hospital operational. As promised during the election campaign, Chief Minisiter Jayalalithaa gave her consent in the Assembly, during the demand for grant for the health department on September 12, to reactivate the old government hospital and also sanctioned a sum of Rs 5 crore for its development.

Mr Shanmugam said that the hospital would be equipped with 100 beds and all the requisite facilities would be created soon. He underscored the point that rules should be framed in such a way to bring good to the people and not cause hindrance to them.

The Villupuram government hospital would have a total of 112 medical staff, including two chief medical officers, two senior civil surgeons, four assistant surgeons and 25 nurses.

Joint Director (Health) S.Paranjothi said that if the doctors serving in 10 government hospitals opted for a transfer they would be posted in the Villupuram hospital. If need arises more doctors would be appointed through the Medical Recruitment Board to be formed for the purpose. The government had provided medicines worth Rs 12 lakh to the hospital , Dr Paranjothi added.

Cradle baby scheme

Later, Mr Shanmugam admitted the first female infant, found abandoned at Kattu Paiyur in Thirukkoilur block, to the Cradle Baby Scheme. Recently, the district had been brought under the scheme because its sex ratio had been showing a declining trend.

In 2001 the sex ratio stood at 961 girls for every 1,000 boys but in 2011 it was at 938 girls for every 1,000 boys. During the past decade, spanning from 2001 to 2011, when the scheme was not in force in the district, 74 children were received and they were taken to various adoption centres.

A reception centre manned by five staff would be opened in the Villupuram government hospital for the purpose. Cradles would be placed in the Primary Health Centres, government orphanages and taluk hospitals, Mr Shanmugam added. District Collector C.T.Manimekalai, M.Anandan, MP, P.Mohan, AIADMK Chief Whip, and others participated.

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