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Coimbatore: Health and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian said Tuesday that medical vacancies across the state would soon be filled.

Speaking to reporters, after launching a screening program for hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell anemia and thalassemia) for teenagers and pregnant women in Hosur village in Thalavadi in Erode district, Subramanian said that 4,318 vacancies in the medical field will soon be filled statewide.

It has been announced that the screening program will be rolled out in 12 tribal settlements in Oddanchatram, Kodaikanal and Palani in Dindugul district, Sathyamangalam, Thalavadi in Erode district, Kanniyakumari and Tiruchy at a cost of Rs 1.60 crore .

“According to the project, adolescent girls and pregnant women will be screened at their doorstep. The main objective is to diagnose and treat anemia in tribal people. Also, an awareness will be created among the tribal people about the defect the child should inherit, if both parents have it,” he said.

In addition, Minister Subramanian said that the state government is implementing a program named “Punnagai”, in which an educated girl from a tribal village will be provided with a computer and trained in its use. “She can help tribal villagers get medical assistance,” he said.

He also warned of strict measures against those selling counterfeit and banned drugs. As part of the Intensive Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF), tribals received orientation on the importance of breast milk, preparation of ORS and cleanliness.

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