New MRI machine to be procured for govt. hospital

The government will provide a new MRI machine to the Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Research Institute, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy informed the Assembly on Wednesday.

Replying to a question by Congress leader T. Djeamourthy, the Chief Minister said the MRI machine installed at the hospital in 2001 had become defunct. The machine, which was procured at a cost of Rs. 5. 37 crore, had become non-functional from 2015. The company had certified that the machine was beyond repair, he said.

Since 2015, the scanning for patients was done at a private hospital after the government entered into an agreement with the management. The hospital charges Rs. 1,400 for a scan. The government had so far paid Rs. 25 lakh to the private hospital, the Chief Minister said.

Vacant posts

The government had initiated steps to fill 109 vacant posts, including nurses, in the hospital by the next month. Later, replying to a special mention moved by DMK member Geetha Anandan, the Chief Minster said the Fisheries Secretary would visit Sri Lanka in September to certify the boats from Karaikal which were seized by the navy of the Island nation.

Mr. Narayanasamy said he would again write to Minister for External Affairs Sushama Swaraj for the early release of boats owned by the fishermen of Karaikal.

To another question by DMK member R. Siva, Minister for Public Works Department A. Namassivayam said the works for the Kamaraj Manimandapam would be completed this financial year itself. Around Rs. 10 crore had already been spent for the construction work, he said. Once the work was completed certain government departments and the Centac office would be shifted to the new premises.

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