Stalin relaunches Varumun Kappom scheme

Chief Minister MK Stalin in Salem on Wednesday launched ‘Varumun Kappom,’ a preventive health care scheme.

Under the scheme, 1,250 medical camps will be conducted annually across the state for people to get screened for various ailments. A pet project of former chief minister M Karunanidhi, this preventive health care scheme was launched in the year 2006.

However, the project was scrapped after AIADMK came to power in 2011. The scheme has been re-launched now after being restructured by the DMK government. As part of an official launch, Chief Minister MK Stalin gave away ID cards to beneficiaries of the scheme. Camps will be conducted to screen and provide treatment under various specialties, including ENT, general medicine, diabetes, blood pressure, tuberculosis, cardiac issues, nephrology, child welfare, gynecology, cancer and other diseases under as many as 17 specialties.

Certificates of appreciation were issued to five panchayat presidents who achieved the target of 100 per cent vaccination to those above 18 years of age. The Chief Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Salem and Dharmapuri districts, also distributed welfare aid to the tune of Rs 24.73 crore to beneficiaries under various welfare projects.