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Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam scheme to cover the whole of TN by 2021 end

- September 8, 2021

Chennai, September 8( BPNS)

The Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam scheme launched by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin on August 5 ,2021, at Krishnagiri district and is presently in service at Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchy, Tirunelveli, and Chennai districts will be extended to the whole of the state by the end of 2021. This was revealed by the office of the Chief Minister in a statement on Tuesday.

The scheme which is a flagship programme of the DMK government to deliver healthcare at the doorsteps of people in the state were launched by the Chief Minister at the Samanapalli village in Krishnagiri district on August 5. Ever since the scheme was launched it has turned into a major solace for the people who are bedridden and with infirmities and who were earlier being carried to far off hospitals and health clinics.

Chief Minister had said that the scheme was part of the 7 point programme of the DMK government that envisioned “an enhanced quality of life for all”. Health care professionals including doctors and nurses would screen people for diabetes and hypertension that are generally not properly noticed in rural villages of the state. It also involves screening of kidney ailments and other congenital diseases in children and will be followed up through routine hospital treatment.

When Sujatha 48, a domestic help at Coimbatore was diagnosed with cancer in her colon, she had to travel 45 km every month from her village to Coimbatore town for availing medical treatment. With the advent of Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam scheme, much of her woes are over as the medical professionals reach her doorstep and provide her with quality treatment.

Sujatha not only get treatment and medicines for free but also the required colostomy bag  that collects stool through an opening in the stomach.

Mohini, a nurse at Krishnagiri district while speaking to BPNS said, “During door to door checkup, we could find that most of the people have not checked their blood as well as the blood pressure and these are being now properly monitored and the system is already in place in the one month of operation.”

According to the health department data from August 5 to September 5, available with BPNS, more than 3 lakh people were beneficiaries of the scheme that include receiving medicine and treatment.