People trust government primary health centres (PHCs) less and there is a need to regain the trust, said U.T. Khader, Health and Family Welfare Minister. He was speaking after inaugurating a new building for a primary health centre (PHC) in Kudupu, Vamanjoor in the city on Monday.

More than the building, it is important for doctors to show genuine concern towards patients and to ensure hygiene at PHCs. A patient gives more importance to the concern and affection by the doctor than to medicines. “The patient is the ambassador of the PHC,” he said.

He said efforts will be made to change the current ratio of one ambulance for 50,000 people.

An ambulance will be provided to the Vamanjoor PHC he said in response to a request for the same by Aboobacker Musliyar of Jumma Masjid, Vamanjoor. People could seek help from donors to get hospital equipment. “Why not give machines to Wenlock? Ask the rich to give it, you take a step first,” he said.

Staff in hospitals will be trained periodically to keep the hospitals clean. Of the 4,000 vacancies in Group D in the state, 2,600 have been filled.

There are 1,000 transfers sought by people working as staff members in various government hospitals on the ground that they have relatives who are not well, which is difficult to believe.

The new building of Lady Goschen Hospital, which is currently under way, will have radiotherapy and chemotherapy units to treat cancer patients, he said.

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