TAMIL NADU

Priority to healthcare of the poor: Rangasamy

Pondicherry Nov. 10. The Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, has said that when equipment and hi-tech facilities were provided in government hospitals in Pondicherry there was a need to post adequate number of doctors and technicians.

Inaugurating a two-day Continuing Medical Education programme on CT and MRI organised jointly by the Health department and the Jipmer on Saturday, he said his Government wanted to make health services available to the poor and underprivileged. The administration wanted more private colleges to come up to supplement its efforts at providing health care services.

He said the administration had raised the allocation for health in the budget from Rs. 43 crores three years ago to Rs. 87 crores.

Kakarla Subba Rao, director, NIZAMS Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, who presided, lauded the medical care and health services available in the government hospital here. He said the Indian system of medicine should not be neglected because it concentrated more on preventive and sustained maintenance of health of individuals.

On radiological diagnostics, he said India had quality but quantity wise it was less than abroad. He said medical tourism as encouraged in Andhra Pradesh should be promoted here.

G. Subramanyam Reddy, medical superintendent, Pondicherry government hospital, and chairman, organising committee of the CME programme; Thamma Rao, director, Health and Family Welfare Services, and S. Elangovan, organising secretary, spoke.

Nearly 150 delegates from different parts of the country participated in the programme.

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