25 PHCs, 3 maternity hospitals to be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 6.5 crore


The Health Department has decided to upgrade 25 urban Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and three maternity hospitals in Mysuru city under the National Urban Health Mission.

The government has sanctioned Rs. 6.5 crores towards this. The department will be drafting the mode of upgrading the institutions to provide quality primary health care, including its curative, preventive and rehabilitative aspects.

H.T. Puttaswamy, District Health Officer, told The Hindu on Saturday that all PHCs would be provided with complete infrastructure, including diagnostic laboratories and sufficient drugs. Cold storage facilities will be provided in PHCs.

Patients would not be directed to buy medicines from outside nor would they be asked to go to private diagnostic centres for general ailments once the PHCs are upgraded, Dr. Puttaswamy said. The department is also contemplating implementing standard treatment guidelines. It also plans to introduce medical waste management systems in the health centres.

The Health Department will upgrade three maternity hospitals by providing additional doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, the DHO said, adding that complete care during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period would be taken up at the hospitals.

This includes healthcare dimensions of family planning, preconception, prenatal and postnatal care, in order to reduce maternal mortality. Dr. Puttaswamy said urban PHCs would function till 8.30 p.m. and additional doctors would be posted from 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Additional nurses will also be posted, he said.

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