Medicine in search of people: Tamil Nadu to extend doorstep healthcare scheme to urban areas

Chennai: “Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam”, which means “Medicine in search of people” the DMK government’s programme to deliver essential healthcare at the doorstep of the people was launched by Chief Minister M.K.Stalin in Samanapalli village will now be operating in all the urban centres of Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister M.K. Stalin will inaugurate the service at a hospital here on Friday.

The scheme, which was intended to help the rural people with quality medical care at their doorsteps, turned out to be highly successful and within two months of its launch, it has already covered more than 15 lakh people in the rural areas. The scheme will now be implemented in all urban centres across the state with the respective general hospitals as the nodal point. All people who approach the General hospitals will be covered under the scheme.

The state government has decided to extend the services of the scheme to the people in the urban area and will be inaugurated at Chennai Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital by the Chief Minister on Friday.

State Health Minister Ma Subramanian said, "Those with mobility issues and with serious ailments are the beneficiaries and we plan to cover around 1 crore people by the end of the year." When the scheme was launched on August 4, it was intended to cover all those people above 45 years of age and others with infirmities through routine door-to-door checkups and to detect non-communicable diseases.

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