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Sankara Nethralaya special centre opened

Exchanging pleasantries: Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya S.S. Badrinath greets Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam at the inauguration of a special centre of the hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. Chairman of the hospital V. Vaidyanathan is in the picture.

Exchanging pleasantries: Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya S.S. Badrinath greets Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam at the inauguration of a special centre of the hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. Chairman of the hospital V. Vaidyanathan is in the picture.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Pichumani

Staff Reporter

It is to cater for patients under Kalaignar health scheme

CHENNAI: Over 60,000 surgeries have been performed under the Kalaignar Health Insurance Scheme for Advanced Life Saving Treatment and the State government has spent Rs.500 crore on them, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam said here on Wednesday.

Opening a special centre at Sankara Nethralaya for patients covered under the insurance scheme, the Minister said awareness of the scheme has reached the masses and nearly 900 beneficiaries undergo surgery every day.

A slew of health measures have been initiated in the last three years, including recruitment of nearly 7,000. Schemes such as EMRI ambulances, Ilam Sirar Iruthaya Padukappu Thittam and Varumun Kaapom Thittam have improved the healthcare system, he added.

With quality private hospitals sprouting even in smaller cities, medical tourism has picked up in a big way, he added.

Doctors at the special centre of Sankara Nethralaya on Greams Road would do a preliminary examination of the beneficiaries and refer them to the main hospital for treatment.

Nearly 70 patients covered under the scheme have been treated since July 2009 at the hospital.

The inauguration of the centre coincided with the World Health Day.

As part of the World Health Day campaign of the hospital, ‘Eye Care Express,' a mobile medical unit that conducts free screening at government offices was launched. V. Vaidyanathan, Chairman of the Hospital, S.S. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, and S. Surendran, head, Surgical Gastroenterology, Government Stanley Hospital, spoke.



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