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Call to take benefits of State scheme to many people

Staff Reporter

Doctor’s duty is not confined to four walls of hospital, says Collector at training programme

— Photo: N. Rajesh

SCHEME TALK: Collector G. Prakash addressing a programme in Tuticorin on Saturday.

Tuticorin: The district administration organised a training programme on Kalaignar Insurance Scheme at Government Medical College here on Saturday to streamline the scheme activities and familiarise the benefits to the beneficiaries.

Medical officers and field health functionaries of urban and rural areas belonging to the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Directorate of Medical Services, Directorate of Medical Education and the proprietors of empanelled private hospitals participated in the programme. Proprietors of hospitals willing to sign a memorandum of understanding to undertake surgery for the beneficiaries under the scheme were also present.

Presiding over the programme, Collector G. Prakash appealed to the participants to carry forward the importance of the scheme to the people and clear doubts.

“It is one of the best schemes of the State Government and a bonanza for people. A special thrust has been given to it as it assumes great significance. Your duty is not confined to the four walls of hospital — to prescribe medicine and provide treatment — but to reach the people and highlight the benefits of treatment available in the approved hospitals and make them understand the value of life- saving treatments.

The officials concerned must shoulder responsibilities and many seminars would be conducted to focus more attention on the scheme. A total of 1.72 lakh families had been enrolled under the scheme so far. The enrolment is expected to complete within a month,” Mr. Prakash said. The scheme was launched on July 23 in 32 districts in the State and the enrolment stood at over one crore families.

Hospitals

The beneficiaries could avail surgical treatments in the following hospitals in the district:

Sundaram Arulraj Hospital, Tuticorin; Vasan Eye Care Hospital, Tuticorin; Veeramani Hospital, Tuticorin; Sankar Hospital, Authoor; B.G. Hospital, Tiruchendur; Aarthy Hospital, Kovilpatti; Kamala Hospital, Kovilpatti; Srinivasa Hospital, Kovilpatti; Sudhiksha Prabu Hospital, Kovilpatti; and Venkateshwara Hospital, Kovilpatti. S. Uma, Deputy Director, Health Services, welcomed the gathering.

Mayor R. Kasthuri Thangam, N. Periyasami, District Secretary, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Fairness Committee Member (Employment), M. Kamatchi, Expert Advisor, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, spoke. K. Ramarathinam, Asistant General Manager, Star Health Insurance, B. Williams Tilak, Executive for ‘108’ ambulance services were present.

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