Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today simultaneously inaugurated 2,000 Amma mini COVID-19 clinics across Tamil Nadu. The state is the fourth worst-affected in the country with nearly eight lakh people contracting the disease since its breakout in January.
“Two thousand mini-clinics have been opened simultaneously all over Tamil Nadu,” the Chief Minister said at the inauguration in Chennai.
Each Amma clinic, named after late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, will have a doctor, a nurse, and an assistant and will help in public consultation and basic investigation, officials said.
These facilities are expected to further strengthen Tamil Nadu’s already robust health care system. Up to 100 patients are likely to visit each clinic per day, they said, adding that more doctors could be hired if required.
Addressing a gathering, Tamil Nadu Deputy CM, O Panneerselvam, said the state had achieved a milestone with these new facilities, ANI reported.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated our government’s efforts in controlling coronavirus. We have conducted a home-to-home campaign to trace the spread of COVID-19. The deadly virus is under control in Chennai,” Mr. Panneerselvam said.
State Health Secretary Dr. J Radhakrishnan told NDTV that an earlier similar initiative had helped a lot in tackling the pandemic.