Children should be kept updated on latest technologies:Chidambaram

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Coimbatore, June 15 (UNI) Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said parents should ensure that their children kept themselves updated on the latest technologies as mere school education was not sufficient.

Launching the world's fastest and Asia's first 128 Slice Heart CT scanner at the K G Heart Hospital here, he said school syllabus could not be updated every year due to practical difficulties.

Hence, children should be allowed to use information technology to update their knowledge on the latest inventions taking place around the world.

Lauding the multi-national company Siemens for bringing the latest technology to the city, he said Siemens was doing Rs 11,000 crore business in India and bringing their latest inventions to the country before introducing it in any other Asian countries.

Appealing to the hospital authorities to provide subsidy to the poor, he said hospitals should spend maximum amount to bring the latest technologies to the people.

Earlier, Siemens Executive Vice President D Ragavan told newspersons that the Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, that adapts to virtually any patient and clinical needs, was capable to perform all routine diagnostic works as well as advanced examinations in cardiology, neurology and oncology. It was also suited for emergency situations like accidents, strokes or heart attacks which required speedy diagnosis. This equipment would show the blocks in vessels within no time and the surgeons could decide their further treatments to the patients.

K G Hospital Chairman G Bakthavatsalam said the scanner could find out the percentage of block in the heart vessels without any major test like angiogram. The cost of the equipment would be Rs 6.20 crore and the hospital planned to charge Rs 10,000 for each test.


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