With PHCs penetrating urban areas people in smaller towns will benefit, says Deputy Director of Health Services

The concept of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) has penetrated into urban areas too. What was once confined to rural areas is now making reaching out to urban population to supplement the health system already available in urban areas.

Accordingly, five new urban PHCs are to be opened in Madurai district soon and proposals have been sanctioned by the Directorate of Public Health of the State Government.

They will come up at Usilampatti, Tirumangalam, Melur, Anaiyur and Avaniapuram.

“They will be similar to what we have in rural areas. Since we are going to have the Urban Health Mission, these urban PHCs will help in providing adequate healthcare in smaller towns. In a few days, we will inaugurate them in our district,” S. Senthilkumar, Deputy Director of Health Services, Madurai district, told The Hindu on Friday.

The urban PHCs will have medical officers/ pharmacists and new posts too have been sanctioned. Till the appointments are made, the health department will depute its existing staff.

“Usually, public health is under local body control in urban areas and municipalities. Through the PHCs in urban areas, we can take up holistic programmes such as enumeration, immunisation, health of pregnant women, community need assessment and control of communicable diseases,” the Deputy Director informed.

The temporary premises for starting the urban PHCs have been identified and in due course permanent buildings will be constructed.

Speciality camps

Meanwhile, the first specialty camp was conducted at Alligundam in Usilampatti block on August 25.

Dr. Senthilkumar said that the place for holding a speciality health camp would be at a strategic location for the convenience of people in that particular block. In Madurai district, totally 13 camps will be conducted with one camp for each block.

The findings from the health camp and the health profile of persons who attended the camps will be consolidated for right intervention. Specialists from Government Hospitals and medical colleges have been roped in for these camps.

The drug allotment is Rs.55,000 per camp and the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation is extending all support for diagnostic tests.

He said that the second special health camp would be held in Katchakatti block on September 15.

The other blocks in the district, Elumalai, Alanganallur, Tirupparankundram, Karungalakudi, Kallikudi, Chekkanoorani, Chellampatti, T. Kallupatti, Samayanallur, Vellalur and Kallandiri, will also be covered. The last camp is scheduled for March 16 at Kallandiri.

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