Special Correspondent

NAGAPATTINAM: As many as 11,000 out of the 15,000 posts that were lying vacant in the hospitals and primary health centres in the State had been filled up and the remaining vacancies will be filled up in six months, said M.R.K. Panneerselvam, Minister for Health, here on Sunday.

The Minister, who inspected the Government headquarters hospital here along with Dairy Development Minister U.Mathivanan and other officials, said that when the DMK came to power in the State nearly 45 per cent of the posts were lying vacant and the Government filled up 95 per cent of the posts and appointed 3,300 new doctors and 4,400 paramedical staff in the Government hospitals and primary health centres.

Mr. Panneerselvam pointed out that 227 taluk hospitals had been renovated and nearly 1,000 PHCs were now functioning round the clock out of the 1,421 as vacancies of staff nurses and other paramedical staff were appointed.

The Government headquarters hospital in Nagapattinam had been provided with all facilities and more amenities would be included in the hospital, he said.

Funds for health projects

The Minister said that the Government would allocate substantial funds in the budget for various health projects and pointed out that all the Government hospitals in the taluks would be provided with modern equipment.