The Union Health Ministry awarded Tamil Nadu for a fifth consecutive year for the highest number of transplantations in the State across the country on Saturday. Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Stanley Medical College and Hospital were also given special awards for their work on transplantations.
State Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar received the award at a ceremony in New Delhi on Saturday presented by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey. Tamil Nadu Health secretary Beela Rajesh was also present at the ceremony.
Along with this, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital was awarded the best Government Hospital by the Union Ministry, while Stanley Medical College was given a special award for conducting bilateral hand cadaveric transplantation successfully at a Government Hospital.
Tamil Nadu is the first State to do a successful hand transplant at Stanley Medical College and Hospital. Dr Rama Devi, head of plastic surgery department at Stanley Medical College, who performed the bilateral hand cadaveric transplantation was dedicated the special award.
In Tamil Nadu, the state government sanctions up to Rs 35 lakh for organ transplantation under Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) for all the patients who are eligible for the scheme.