November 22, 2007

TN govt. signs MoU with private hospitals for financial assistance for children undergoin heart surgeries

The Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday signed an MoU with 17 private hospitals in the state to perform heart surgeries for children belonging to indigent families.

As per the MoU, the State Government would extend a financial assistance of Rs 10,000 for closed heart surgery, Rs 30,000 for ordinary open heart surgery and Rs 70,000 for complex open heart surgery to be performed at private hospitals.

An official press release here said the number of children affected by heart diseases had been increasing due to changing lifestyle and food habits.Many children had been placed on waiting list to undergo surgery at Government hospitals.

Considering this, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had announced a scheme to fund immediate surgery for children, below 12 years, at private hospitals, the release added.

Accordingly, the MoU was signed with the private hospitals, including Sri Ramachandra Hospital and Apollo Hospital here, in the presence of Karunanidhi at the Secretariat here.

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