Chennai, Jun 25 (PTI) A ‘world-class’ yoga and naturopathy hospital, stated to be the first of its kind in the country, will be set up near here at a cost of Rs 60 crore, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced today.Also Read - CM announces jobs to kin of slain TN CRPF men, bodies arrive

It is being set up to encourage yoga and naturopathy, which played a key role in both preventing and curbing non-communicable diseases due to lifestyle changes, he told the state Assembly. Also Read - AMMK leaders join AIADMK

The facility would be set up at the premises of Government Medical College at Chengelpet, about 50 km from here, in an area of 50 acres and will have a teaching facility attached to it, offering graduate, post-graduate and research courses, he said. Also Read - Journalist among eight charge-sheeted in terror case

“I am happy to announce that a world class International Yoga and Naturopathy Science Centre will be set up at a cost of Rs 60 crore,” tbe chief minister said making a suo moto statement.

Hostel facilities for students and quarters for employees will also come up and adequate personnel will be appointed.

“In a natural setting, safe treatment will be provided,” he said adding it will include therapies involving herbal, magnet, water and acupuncture.

Palaniswami also made a slew of other announcements on scaling up health infrastructure in state-run hospitals and it includes upgradation of 985 health sub-centres as integrated health centres at a cost of Rs 82.2 crore.

Also, during this year, nutritious food will be provided to 96,200 patients affected by tuberculosis at a cost Rs 20.20 crore, he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.