Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: The Department of Health and the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) have established a health sub-centre at Thondamanatham. This is the first sub-centre under the control of JIPMER.

A release from the Office of the Home Minister said that the sub-centre would cater for a population of 4,600 people of Thondamanatham and Thuthipet villages. Home Minister E. Valsaraj, who also holds the health portfolio, inaugurated the centre on Friday.

It would provide services such as immunisation, antenatal, natal and postnatal care, prevention of malnutrition and common childhood diseases, family planning services and counselling. Elementary drugs for minor ailments such as diarrhoea, fever and worm infestation would be provided at the centre, the release said.

Frontline workers of the sub-centre would carry out several national health and family welfare programmes in the service areas. The rent for the facility would be paid by the Health Department while the Rural Health Centre at Ramanathapuram of JIPMER would maintain the sub-centre. At present, there are 52 sub-centres functioning in the Puducherry region and this is the 53rd facility.

Officials of the department said that a staff nurse and an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) would be posted at the centre. The ANM was trained in antenatal check-ups, delivery, immunisation and treatment of minor ailments, the release said.