TN is at forefront in providing health services: Health Joint Secretary

Published: 28th June 2013 12:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2013 12:41 PM   |  A+A-

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, Mike Nithavrianakis, urged India to work closely with international institutions to produce more medical professionals at various levels.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion of the fifth edition of TANCARE 2013 organised by FICCI on Thursday, he said, the Foreign Universities Bill was stuck in the Lok Sabha, which is unlikely to come into force in the near future. Against this backdrop, he said, the United Kingdom was ready to offer its services in the field of medicine and simultaneously learn from India’s experience as well.

Tamil Nadu Health Sector hailed

The British Deputy High Commissioner hailed the health sector in Tamil Nadu. Stating that Tamil Nadu was one among the four States in the country working hard towards the Millennium Development Goals, he said, “The medical services in the State are at their best. Journals are appreciating the organ transplant system in the State.” Nithavrianakis underscored that the medical facilities available in tier II cities such as Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchy were on par with those in some State capitals in India.

Later, Senthil, joint secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, said in his address that 77 per cent of deliveries in the State were reported in government hospitals. “Tamil Nadu is at the forefront in providing health services. On an average, five lakh out-patients visit government hospitals every day,” he said.

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