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NEW FACILITY: N. Rangasamy, Puducherry Chief Minister, left, inaugurating a scan centre at a hospital in Madurai. Photo: S. James
NEW FACILITY: N. Rangasamy, Puducherry Chief Minister, left, inaugurating a scan centre at a hospital in Madurai. Photo: S. James

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Puducherry Chief Minister inaugurates new equipment at Madurai hospital

MADURAI: Southern India, especially Tamil Nadu, had emerged as the favoured destination for medical treatment and people from all over the world came here for treatment, said N. Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry.

Addressing a meeting at Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre here recently, after opening a new building and inaugurating a diagnostic equipment, Mr. Rangasamy said that many new technologies were emerging in the medical field, which brought medical care within the reach of poor people.

Lauding the hospital for the services rendered during the tsunami, he said that the Government was working towards providing quality medical care to people.

N. Sethuraman, founder-Chairman, explained the services rendered by the hospital to tsunami-affected persons.

Gastroenterologist Ramesh Arthanari said that the new equipment, `Ensoscopic Ultra Sound,' would help in accurate scanning of interior organs. It would be used for treatment as well as diagnosis of ailments such as stomach cancer.

Later, addressing a press meet, Mr. Rangasamy said that land acquisition for a special economic zone had been completed and there had been no opposition to it from the locals in the Union Territory.

Working towards a "hut-free" environment, about 21,000 houses had been constructed over the past three years to replace huts in the Union Territory, he said.

A new medical college would soon come up in the Union Territory, he said.

Every year, half of the seats in the colleges went to students whose education fee was borne by the Government, the Chief Minister said.

While there was opposition from the locals to the construction of a port, a proposal for the same had been sent to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, as it was essential for economic development, he said.

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