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திங்கள், ஜனவரி 24, 2011

Neonatal ICUs at 40 GHs planned: Health Minister M.R.K.Panneerselvam


Interesting exhibits: Health Minister M.R.K.Panneerselvam at the Police Department pavilion in the government exhibition in Cuddalore on Saturday. 
 
CUDDALORE:

           It has been proposed to set up Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at 40 government hospitals across the State.

        These units will take care of newborn babies having breathing problems and suffering from fits, according to M.R.K. Panneerselvam, Health Minister. Ten such units have already been set up and another one would come up at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh in the Cuddalore Government Headquarters Hospital, the Minister said at the inauguration of the government exhibition at Manjakuppam grounds here on Saturday.

         These units would have paediatricians and specially trained nurses. The Minister further said that the government had also launched the life-saving treatment for infants up to one year, for it would extend medical assistance to the extent of Rs.1 lakh. The benefit would be available even to those infants undergoing treatment in private hospitals. The exhibition had showcased the welfare schemes and the achievements of various departments.

          The objective of the expo was to create awareness of various welfare schemes among people and help the eligible persons get the benefits. Giving an elaborate account of the schemes, the Minister said that as far as Cuddalore district was concerned, 5.3 lakh free colour television sets were distributed, Rs.359 crore farm loan was waived benefiting 1,06,601 farmers, 7,287 beneficiaries got two acres of land and 22,483 farm labourers obtained financial assistance to the tune of Rs.24.12 crore, and 1,23,220 pregnant women got monetary benefits to the extent of Rs.68.02 crore.

        The Minister said that in the past five years, people had benefited from a surfeit of schemes. Earlier, the Minister visited all stalls and in the one set up by the Police Department evinced keen interest in the latest guns, and bomb disposal and detection equipment on display. Mr. Panneerselvam appreciated the efforts taken by Public Relations Officer Pon. Muthiah and his team for having organised the exhibition.

          Collector P. Seetharaman, MLA G.Aiyappan, Municipal Chairman T.Thangarasu, and Vice-Chairman Thamaraiselvan were present. The exhibition would be open to public from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. till January 31, sources said. There would be cultural programmes and orchestra every day.

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