Shastry V. Mallady

Will be carried out by Department of Statistics

A detailed questionnaire has been prepared

Needs of each PHC will be mentioned in final report

MADURAI: A comprehensive survey of all primary health centres (PHC) in the State would be undertaken from November by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to assess their requirements.

The survey will be carried out by the Department of Statistics in coordination with Health Department, official sources here told The Hindu on Saturday.

According to senior health officials, the decision was taken at a State-level meeting held in Chennai last week.

A detailed questionnaire had been prepared, including the availability of doctors, buildings, maternal care, medical equipment, staff requirements and labour ward facilities among other things.

“The needs of each PHC would be mentioned in the final report based on which NRHM would initiate further action,” an official here said.

As a first step, the preparatory meeting for the survey was conducted for Madurai district on Saturday with staff from both health and statistics departments participating in it.

“The consolidated report of our district will be submitted to the State government which will be forwarded to NRHM,” A. Palanichamy, Deputy Director of Health Services (Madurai district), said. The facilities not available in a primary health centre right now may be provided in the next stage. All the 42 primary health centres in Madurai district would be covered under the survey, Dr. Palanichamy said.