Chennai: Chief Minister M K Stalin today inaugurated the ‘Varumun Kappom’ scheme at Vazhappadi in Salem.
A press release said that Stalin handed over identity cards to five beneficiaries. Stalin also inaugurated 1,250 medical camps under this scheme. These camps will comprise 15 specialist doctors in ENT, maternity, eye, heart and Siddha.
The Chief Minister also handed over welfare measures worth Rs 24.73 crore to 2,530 beneficiaries.
The release added that people who are diagnosed with sugar, cancer and blood pressure during these camps will be treated under the ‘Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam’ scheme.
Certificates were also issued to Panchayat Presidents who have achieved 100 per cent vaccination in their respective villages.
According to Health Minister M Subramanian, Varumum Kappom scheme was launched by former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in 2006. But the AIADMK government did not implement it after 2011.
If three medical camps are conducted under the scheme a year in each of the 385 blocks in the State, a total of 1,155 camps will be held. There are 21 Corporations in the State. Four camps should be held in each of the 20 Corporations, excluding Chennai. A total of 15 camps will be organised in Chennai. In total, around 1,240 camps will be held in the State, he added.
Health Minister also said that the Chief Minister has instructed to ensure speedy construction of the new medical colleges and State health department officials are conducting regular inspections for the same.