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Govt sanctions Rs 96 crore for E-Health programme

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Thrissur: The State government has sanctioned Rs 96 crore to set up an electronic demographic database and hospital automation system under its E-Health programme, the first state to to do so, Health and Family Welfare Minister V S Shivakumar said here Thursday.

"E-Health initiative, the first of its kind in India, envisages a central data server to have all the health and demographic data of the population linked to a Health Management Information System," Sivakumar said adding, all health institutions would be computerised.

The minister said a recent study revealed 42 per cent of deaths in 30 to 60 age group in the State was due to lifestyle diseases.

He said government had prioritised the need for lifestyle Disease Control Programme offering free screening, treatment and distribution of drugs for lifestyle diseases through hospitals and sub-centres to all, irrespective of income.

Speaking after inaugurating an international symposium on 'Medicinal Mushrooms' at nearby Amala Cancer Research Centre, he said 700 of the total of 14,000 species of mushrooms in the world are known for their medicinal properties.

Sivakumar said medicinal mushrooms are being used to effectively treat over 20 different kinds of diseases like cardiovascular problems, cancer, hepatitis, gastritis, insomnia, asthma and bronchitis.

He said ACRC had made rich contribution in scientific research in cancer and allied branches of medical sciences.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of Jaipur National University, Prof H N Verma presided the symposium.

Besides 100 delegates from India, others from the Gulf nations, Japan and the USA also participated

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