Health Minister M Subramaniam inaugurated community level cancer screening camps in 4 districts Erode, Ranipet, Kanyakumari and Tirupathur covering 52 lakh people at a function held at Kalingarayanpalayam, Bavani on Wednesday.
In his speech, he said that the health staff would visit door to door to invite people for screening breast, cervical and oral cancer in nearby hospitals. 700 women doctors, 1300 health staff and 1500 volunteers would involve in the scheme. The screening would ensure early detection and treatment to save lives. He said during the by-election for Erode East
Assembly poll, many appealed to check cancer, increasing in the district. The 1,2 stage cancer can be cured and 3rd and 4th stage cannot be cured. So, the CM allowed the scheme in Ranipet, Thirupathur where tanneries were more, Erode where textile dyeing units and Kanyakumari where rubber farms were more. In the districts, the cancer was more. On the model of the screening camp in Tokyo, the camp would be arranged.
In 1397 hospitals in 4 districts, the camps will be held. Earlier, the Minister inaugurated Rs 3.63 cr worth 12 new buildings and kits distribution project.
He said the CM will soon inaugurate 24 health department buildings constructed at a cost of Rs 25 cr. In Coimbatore, Rs 12 cr worth cancer detection machine would be opened today evening and another one at Salem medical college on Nov 30. Besides Rs 220 cr cancer research station would be opened shortly at Kanchipuram on the model of one in Mumbai. The government set a target to wipe out cancer and leprosy before 2025. In 38 districts, pathways were opened for walking 8 km daily to improve the livelihood of people recently on the model of one in Japan. Besides many health projects to improve the welfare of people were introduced, he added.
Housing Minister S Muthusamy, MLAs Dr CK Saraswathi, AG Venkatachalam, Mayor Nagarathinam Subramaniam, Collector Rajagopal Sunkara, public health director TS Selvaninayagam, and many attended the function.
Handlooms and Textiles Minister Gandhi (Ranipet), Kanyakumari and Tirupur Collectors spoke through online.