Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday said that the state has taken action to set up medical colleges in 11 districts so as to add 1,650 more medical course seats in the coming years. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: 1500 Hectares of Farmland Damaged in TN, CM Says Damage Being Assessed

Inaugurating a new 250-bed Fortis Healthcare Hospital, Palaniswami said that the AIADMK government had secured permission to set up medical colleges in 11 districts, which will add 1,650 seats to the existing 3,400. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar Updates: 1500 Hectares of Farmland Damaged in TN, CM Makes Damage Assessment

Palaniswami said the presence of government and private hospitals rendering advanced treatments has made Tamil Nadu as India’s medical tourism state. Also Read - Over 1 Lakh Evacuated in TN as Cyclone Nivar Makes Landfall, Heavy Rain to Continue Till Thursday | Key Points

He said it was a matter of pride that when advanced countries with modern medical facilities were not able to manage Covid-19 pandemic, Indian doctors were able to contain it and save people.

Palaniswami also listed various welfare schemes implemented by the state government.