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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

All primary health centres to be modernised in phases: Minister

Special Correspondent

Rs.12,000 crore allotted for National Rural Health Mission

RANIPET: All primary health centres in the country will be modernised in phases under the National Rural Health Mission, according to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss.

Speaking at a function organised to inaugurate the work on the Tindivanam-Nagari broad-gauge route at the Old Ranipet Station here on Sunday, he said Rs.12,000 crore was allotted for the mission, and Tamil Nadu would get Rs.400 crore.

The primary health centres would be upgraded with blood bank, operation theatre and maternity ward. Those in Tamil Nadu would be modernised within the next two to three years.

The Union Health Ministry allotted Rs.75 crore to Tamil Nadu for HIV/AIDS control. A sum of Rs.1.5 crore was sanctioned for setting up an emergency care centre at Ranipet.

Social health activists

Dr. Ramadoss said the Centre would appoint 6.20 lakh Accredited Social Health Activists, at the rate of one each in all 6.20 lakh villages in the country, to monitor the health of the people, arrange for medical treatment and undertake follow-up measures. So far, 5.20 lakh activists had been appointed, and 2.80 lakh of them got formal training.

The Minister wanted the Loss of Ecology Authority, constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the Vellore Citizens Welfare Forum, to reassess the damage caused to agriculture in Vellore district by tannery effluents.

Damage to agriculture

Recalling the cycle rally from Walajapet to Vaniyambadi and other agitations conducted by Pasumai Thayagam, the environmental wing of the Pattali Makkal Katchi, against the continued damage to the groundwater by the effluents, Dr. Ramadoss said the Authority had not awarded compensation to all affected farmers, while the entire compensation had not been disbursed to those who got it. The Pasumai Thayagam and the PMK would take steps to enable all affected farmers to get the compensation.

Referring to the request by Vellore MP K.M. Khader Mohideen for establishment of a herbal farm at Arni in Tiruvannamalai district, Dr. Ramadoss said his Ministry was prepared to sanction the farm, provided the Tamil Nadu Government sent a proposal, seeking funds.

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