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fine: Health Minister M. R. K. Paneerselvam at a function organised to identify beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme in Nagapattinam on Sunday.
fine: Health Minister M. R. K. Paneerselvam at a function organised to identify beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme in Nagapattinam on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

40 beneficiaries identified to undergo heart surgery

NAGAPATTINAM: Over 40 beneficiaries were identified for heart surgery under the Chief Minister’s Kalaignar’s Health Insurance Scheme at Kollidam on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health M. R. K. Paneerselvam, stated that Rs.517 crore was earmarked to treat about one crore people under the Kalaignar’s Health Insurance Scheme. Of the 1.35 crore families photographed, about 75.16 lakh families were given identity cards.

Over 518 hospitals were roped in to provide treatment for 20,750 beneficiaries.

The health services in the State were commendable, considering there was a Primary Health Centre for a population of 30,000. Over 1,653 PHCs were operational in the State.

Further, over 6,008 doctors and 6,856 nurses had been appointed in the district. PHCs were made to function 24 hours with the aid of three health workers on shifts, the Minister said. Under the Varumun Kaapom Scheme, of the 14,894 medical camps planned, over 12,281 medical camps were conducted to benefit 1.19 crore people. Over 59,591 people were diagnosed with heart complications and 36,000 people were diagnosed with cancer through these medical camps.

Doctors had been directed to channel the people diagnosed of various diseases through medical camps to benefit under the Health Insurance Scheme.

Under the Heart Surgery Scheme for school children, over 2500 children were treated for heart ailments, he said.

A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer was present. The initiative to identify eligible and deserving beneficiaries was undertaken by the Rotary Club here.

Mr. Paneerselvam, lauded their participation in the beneficiary identification process under the Scheme.

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