Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Two persons have undergone ophthalmologic surgeries at a private hospital here under the Chief Minister’s health insurance scheme.E.Manikandan (31), a painter from Tirupur, and T.Arumugam (15) of Ulagankathanpatti in Pudukottai district, were reported to have been suffering from retinal detachment in their right eyes. While Manikandan had lost vision in his left eye since boyhood, Arumugam had no vision in his left eye by birth. Both underwent correctional surgeries at the A.G. Eye Hospital recently and the surgical expense of Rs.50,000 for each was provided under the insurance scheme.Transport Minister K.N.Nehru, accompanied by Collector T.Soundiah, called on the two beneficiaries at the hospital on Wednesday.

Later Mr.Nehru disclosed that 38 persons had undergone surgeries under the insurance scheme in Tiruchi district so far and Rs.7.95 lakhs has been released to the hospitals concerned by the Star Health Insurance Company.About six lakh families in the district would be issued biometric smart cards in the district. Photographing of the beneficiaries has begun and over the past few days 600 families had been covered.

The exercise would be completed in three months, he said. MLAs Anbil Periyasamy and K.N.Sekaran, Managing Director of the hospital Ananda Raja and ophthalmologists A. Govindarajan and Sriram Gopal were present.