Chennai, Mar 3 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today urged the health and medical experts from the State to discover new drugs for treating viruses like Coronavirus (COVID). Speaking after launching the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme (TNHSRP) here, Mr Palaniswami, referring to the threats posed by the COVID, which has impacted several countries, said the doctors and experts were well aware of the emergence of new types of diseases.
Observing that medicines to cure the diseases caused by such viruses were yet to be discovered, he urged the medical and health experts from the State to discover new drugs to prevent such types of viruses and become the role model for other states.
He said Tamil Nadu has been gradually on the forefront in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). 'It has also emerged as a model state to provide quality healthcare to its population, which is evident by the current MMR and IMR which are 67 per one lakh live births and 16 per 1000 live births respectively, which are well below the National Average of 122 and 30 respectively', he said. 'We are aiming to achieve the MMR of 30 before 2030', he added. He said with a vision to specifically achieve the SDGs, the TNHSRP, supported by the World Bank, was launched at an estimated cost of USD 410 Million--roughly Rs 2,857 crore.
This was possible due to the sincere efforts taken and the results achieved while implementing the Tamil Nadu Health Care Projects Phase I and Phase II by the State Health Department, he said. Lauding the Project Team which was in place right from 2004 onwards, Mr Palaniswami thanked the World Bank for its continuous support. 'This five year Reform Program focuses on three key areas--Improved Quality of Care, Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Injuries and Reduced equity gaps in Reproductive and Child Health.' He said under the programme quality of medical services in government hospitals would be enhanced by issuing quality certification to these hospitals.
He said the reform programme will also focus on diagnosing NCDs like diabetes, cancer, blood pressure, breast cancer, psychological disorders and others at an early stage. In his address, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said under the programme, the World Bank's loan share will be about Rs.1,999 crore and the balance will be borne by the state government. (UNI)