PUDUKOTTAI: A sum of Rs.11.75 crore has been spent under the ‘Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme for Life-saving treatment,’ benefiting 2,651 persons, Health Minister M. R. K. Pannerselvam has said.
Addressing presspersons at the end of a review meeting held here on Thursday, Mr. Pannerselvam said the programme was being implemented at 19 government hospitals and about 415 private hospitals across the State.
The State government accorded priority to the health care schemes and allotted Rs.3,391 crore for the current financial year.
A sum of Rs.1,661 crore had been allotted for the construction of new buildings for hospitals.
Mr. Pannerselvam said that the ‘Emergency Ambulance’ concept was gaining popularity and the State government had allotted Rs. 55 crore for its effective implementation. Immediate clinical attention had been provided to an estimated 1.26 lakh persons; pregnant women were the largest beneficiaries of the scheme.
Mr. Pannerselvam, who earlier inspected the construction works of additional buildings for the District Headquarters Hospital and the Raniar Government Maternity Hospital here, said quality treatment was being provided to patients at both hospitals.
The Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Aboorva Devi; the Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, S. Elango, and other officials accompanied the Minister.