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The Tamil Nadu Government plans to implement 235.20 crore worth new projects inc-luding a 210.20 crore Ja-panese-aided project at Dr K A P Viswanatham Government Medical College (Kapvgmc) hos-pital here, according to State Health minister, Dr C.Vijayabaskar. Speaking at an organ donation awareness campaign meeting at Kapvgmc at Tiruchy on Fri-day he said that while t10.20 crore is meant for purchasing sophisticated medical equipment, the rest is for developing infrastructure like library and hostel buildings. He said that a kidney transplantation facility will be made at the Kapvgmc within a couple of months, and said that Tamil Nadu is the first among other states in the country in trans-planting human organs. Doctors from neighbouring states very often visit Tamil Nadu to see the activities of the organ transplanting unit.

He also pointed out that government has decided to meet the entire expenses for liver and heart transplanta-tions under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Medical Insurance Scheme, as against the present contribution of Rs. 40 lakh only. He said that so far 1,028 organs were donated in Tamil Nadu, and 5,773 needy persons have ben-efited through organs donation. Later, the minister honoured a few organ donors' families. Among others, state ministers Mrs.Valarmathi, Vellamandi Hata-ratan, Tiruchy collector K.Rajamani, Kapvgmc dean, Dr G.Anitha and
others spoke. Earlier in his informal chat with newsmen, Dr Vijayabaskar said that 3,112 state board stu-dents got medical admission this year. Asked about pending admission in the Christian Medical College (CMC) at Vellore, the minister said that CMC authorities had already moved the Supreme Court and the apex court will give its ruling with-in a couple of days. The CMC has to obey the Supreme Court's direction, he added. He said that government was making all efforts to develop a quality curriculum in order to help students face the Neet examination effectively

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