Shastry V. Mallady

At Kallandiri, Alanganallur and Samayanallur

They will be upgraded as
30-bed hospitals
Staff will work on eight-hour shifts

MADURAI: Three Primary Health Centres in the district have received sanction from the Health Department to be upgraded as 30-bed hospitals with adequate infrastructure and staff. They are at Kallandiri, Alanganallur and Samayanallur.

The Deputy Director of Health Services, A. Palanichamy, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the nod came from the Directorate of Public Health to upgrade these centres, which were now six-bed.

He said that the decision to upgrade them would mean that the PHCs would have doctors round-the-clock, x-ray, scan, ECG facilities, an operation theatre and an emergency medical care centre.

Dr. Palanichamy said that staff would work on eight-hour shifts.

Fifteen beds each would be earmarked for male/female patients.

Already, four PHCs at Elumalai, Chekkanoorani, Karungalakudi and Chellampatti in the district had been upgraded as 30-bed hospitals in the first phase.

“The sanction letter came a few days ago and construction will be taken up at the three centres after funds are released,” he said.

Totally, there are 42 PHCs in the district and all of them are being given a new look through Patient Welfare Societies.

The Health Department is also taking steps for prevention of chikungunya by anti-larval and fogging operations in the Corporation, municipalities and village panchayats.

Special attention is paid towards people coming from Kerala and Karnataka and all ‘fever cases’ are being monitored carefully, according to the Deputy Director.