Monday, June 28, 2010

Minister\'s foreign tour draws protest

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister for Health and Family Welfare P. K. Sreemathy left for a tour of the U.S. and England on Monday even as the Opposition in the Assembly is gearing up to put her in the dock for failure to control contagious diseases in the State.

The Minister will hold discussions with experts in America on introducing stem cell treatment for cancer care at the Malabar Cancer Hospital, Thalassery, and on enlisting the support of the World India Diabetes Foundation and Mayo Clinic for the development of the Indian Institute of Diabetes here. She would also attend the conference of the Federation of Kerala Associations in North America (FOKANA) on July 4.

The Indian Institute of Diabetes was set up here under the auspices of the World India Diabetes Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The State government provided 18 acres for the institute. Though foreign assistance of Rs.50 lakh was received initially, further development had been stalled. The present government had converted it into a nodal centre for non-contagious diseases. On an invitation from the Foundation, the Minister will discuss the possibility of further assistance from the Foundation and Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Minister is also slated to meet representatives of the American Cancer Society and the Indo-American Cancer Association in New York for talks, an official release said.

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