Jayalalithaa unveils four new Amma schemes

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced in the assembly several new medical schemes, including four schemes under the Amma brand — Amma Master Health Check Up, Amma Woman Special Master Health Check-up, Amma Arogya Scheme and Amma Pregnancy Sanjeevi.

Reading out a four-page statement, Jayalalithaa said, “Amma Master Health Check-up will be launched to facilitate people to go in for master health check-up. Under the scheme, people can undergo various tests to check for diabetes, blood pressure, hepatitis B, abdomen, heart etc at the Government General Hospital in Chennai at a nominal cost.”

She said under the Amma Woman Special Master Health Check-up scheme, specific tests like digital mammogram, pap test smear, vitamin D test and thyroid test will be done, apart from other tests. “The government will allocate Rs 10 crore to Government General Hospital towards purchase of equipment,” she said.

Under the Amma Arogya Scheme, people can approach 385 primary health centres for conducting tests for diabetes, blood pressure, echo cardiogram (ECG), cholesterol and eye-related ailments. Tests will be done free of cost.

Under Amma Pregnancy Sanjeevi, women will be given pomegranate and curry leave powder during the first three months of pregnancy to prevent nausea. In the next three months, pregnant women will get natural medicines like gooseberry powder etc to improve the iron content.

During the last stage of pregnancy and post-pregnancy, women will be given medicinal powders to ease delivery and increase lactation. “Eleven types of medicinal powders will be given to pregnant women and based on siddha doctors’ advice, these will be given. It will cost Rs 10 crore annually to the government,” said Jayalalithaa.

She said the Centre had accorded sanction to convert the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai into a state-level institution and centre for excellence at a cost of Rs 120 crore. “This follows a letter to Prime Minister seeking the institute’s upgradation as it was functioning in an excellent manner”.

Pudukottai will get a new medical college, and a new dental college will also be established in a southern district. “At present there is only one dental college in Tamil Nadu and that is in Chennai. This college has been made into a centre of excellence and the number of seats has been increased from 35 to 58. Another dental college will be established in the southern district at a cost Rs 50 crore,” she said. The chief minister did not name the district where the new college will be set up.

The government will start 10 more primary health centres in the state in the current year at a cost of Rs 6 crore. “Apart from this, 10 primary health centres will be upgraded into 30-bed centres at a cost of Rs 12 crore. Nurses of 60 PHCs will get residential quarters at a cost of Rs 6 crore,” she said.

In addition to 281 blood banks and 415 blood storage centres functioning in the state, the government will open 12 new blood banks, 10 storage centres and 10 blood collection centres at a cost of Rs 12 crore. Infant intensive care centres will be opened at Tambaram, Tiruttani, Gudiyatham, Rajapalayam and Virudhunagar government hospitals at a cost of Rs 3.25 crore.

“To save infants and children from various life-threatening diseases and poison, the government will set up a 20-bed infant intensive care centre at Rajapalayam hospital. A post-operative ward with five beds will also opened in the hospital at a cost of Rs 1.10 crore,” she said.

Other announcements include purchase of 20 vehicles to transport women after delivery from hospitals to their houses. This will cost Rs 1.60 crore.

As many as fifty old 108 ambulances would be replaced with new ones at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Eight district government hospitals would be provided with ventilators at a cost of Rs 10.08 crore, she added.