The Amma Master Health Check-up scheme will be expanded to cover all districts soon, said Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami on Tuesday.
The master health check-up facility is now available only at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH). In the coming days, said the Chief Minister, efforts will be taken to establish the facility in all districts.
He was speaking to media after a function to switch on the 200th cochlear implant at RGGGH on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, stepping clear of the raging controversy within the AIADMK over the location of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Chief Minister Palaniswami said the Centre will take a call on which of the five possible locations is best suited.
“The late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had selected five locations and sent details to the Centre for their consideration. It will be set up at one of those five locations,” he said when asked about the pressure from ministers and MLAs from the southern districts, to establish the institute in Madurai.
At the hospital, the Chief Minister inspected the ENT ward and Amma Master Health Check Up building and interacted with patients. So far, over 16,500 people had benefited from the Amma Master Health check up scheme, he said.
Earlier Health Minister C Vijaya Bhasker said so far 2,856 cochlear implants had been performed in the State.
The implant procedure, which costs nearly `10 lakh at private hospitals, is covered under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance scheme at a cost of `220.66 crore.
Finance minister D Jayakumar, Director of medical education A Edwin Joe and RGGGH dean R Narayana Babu were also present.
Source: The New Indian Express