TN to fund detection of uterus, breast cancer, says minister

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Chennai, Mar 9 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Health Minister M R K Paneerselvam today informed that the state government would allocate funds for detection of uterus and breast cancer and anaemic problems in women, this fiscal.

Talking at a health awareness programme conducted for women at the Government Royapettah Hospital as part of Women's Day celebrations here, the minister said the programme had benefited 4.45 lakh women.

A sum of Rs 300 crore had been distributed so far under Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Assistance Scheme, launched by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Kanimozhi, MP, lamented that women's health had not been given adequate priority even in developing countries.

Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society Project Director Supriya Sahu said ''over 30 per cent of the women are affected by HIV-AIDS owing to ignorance and lack of awareness.'' Health Secretary V K Subburaj and Commissioner, Maternal and Child Health Apoorva also spoke of the programme.

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