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More doctors and nurses to be recruited

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Lithotripsy equipment commissioned at General Hospital in Chennai

— PHOTO : M. VEDHAN

Checking it out: Health Minister M.R.K.Paneerselvam (left), examines the facilities in one of the pay wards he commissioned at the Government General Hospital in Chennai on Saturday. Director of Medical Education Thiyagavalli Kirubakaran and Health Secretary V.K.Subburaj are in the picture.

CHENNAI: The State government has proposed to induct 1,000 nurses and 550 doctors in hospitals attached to government medical colleges. The nurses will receive appointment orders on Sunday, while the doctors registered with the employment exchange will be called for interview to fill vacancies in medical colleges, Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj said here on Saturday.

He was speaking at a function where Health Minister M.R.K. Paneerselvam commissioned pay wards at the Government General Hospital and the Rs.1.75-crore lithotripsy equipment in the Urology Department there.

The Minister said with more funds and equipment being provided to primary health centres, more women were opting to have their babies delivered at such facilities. Earlier, only five or six women came to the PHCs, but now around 50 women chose them over private hospitals and nursing homes.

A boon

The lithotripsy machine is used to break down stones in the kidney using shock waves, thus eliminating the need for surgery and hospitalisation. The machine is a boon for the poor who cannot afford private hospitals, which charge over Rs.10,000 for each sitting. At the Government General Hospital, the service will be offered at Rs.5,000 a sitting, he said.

Mr. V.K. Subburaj said the lithotripsy machine would be installed in the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai shortly. Efforts were being made to improve district and taluk-level hospitals.

Listing the government’s healthcare programmes, he said that in over 5,000 locations, preventive healthcare camps were being held. Preventive vaccines for filariasis and brain fever were being administered across the State. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi would launch a free Hepatitis B vaccine drive for newborns on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation Managing Director S. Karuthiah Pandian, Director of Medical Education Thiyagavalli Kirubakaran, GH dean T.P. Kalaniti and heads of various departments in the city’s Government Hospitals participated in the function.

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