Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday granted Rs 1.24 crore to set up 149 new electrically-operated dental examination chairs at the Government Dental Hospital here.
This is part of efforts being taken by the government to modernise dental hospitals and provide expeditious treatment to patients, official sources said.
On April 20, the Chief Minister had announced in the Assembly that the Government Dental College here would be upgraded as the Centre of Excellence in Dentistry and allocated `10 crore for the purpose.
Jayalalithaa had said that the funds would be utilised to upgrade the hospital by constructing additional buildings and creating new posts to make it a Centre of Excellence.
To create awareness about dental hygiene and to treat the dental ailments, dental care units have been set up in all government hospitals.
Besides, for the convenience of the rural populace, treatment to dental ailments is being provided thrice in a week in 208 Primary Health Centres and 22 non-taluk hospitals.
The government has been implementing many schemes to ensure better healthcare, which include comprehensive health insurance scheme and supply of sanitary napkins to adolescent girls.