TN launches WB-aided health systems project

Chennai, March 21 | Updated: Mar 22 2005, 05:35am hrs
Tamil Nadu chief minister Ms J Jayalalithaa launched on Monday the Rs 597.15-crore World Bank-aided Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project. World Bank is contributing Rs 502.94 crore and the state government is spending Rs 94.21 crore for the project which will build better infrastructure and medical facilities in government hospitals in the state.

The project aims at upgradation of the performance of state, district and taluk-level hospitals. They will be enabled to offer specialty treatment for heart diseases, diabetes and cancer and expand preventive healthcare practices. It will be implemented with the co-operation of government and non-government organisations.

Under the project, government hospitals will have new emergency wards, outpatient and inpatient blocks, operation theatres, maternity wards and latest equipment for emergency treatment.

It is planned to provide ambulances to 385 panchayat unions. The project envisages availability of modern medical facilities, especially for the poor and backward, anywhere in the state.

The chief minister also inaugurated the new website of the project, prepared by Tata Consultancy Services.

Richard Benmessoud, operations advisor, World Bank, New Delhi and Dr Preeti Kudesia, task team leader, Tamil Nadu health systems project, World Bank, New Delhi, were also present at the inaugural function.