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Corporation’s health centre nears completion

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Corporation’s health centre nears completion

Staff Reporter

As part of the civic body’s plan to revamp healthcare facilities

– Photo: P.Goutham

Positive step: The construction of a health centre at Karungalpatti in Salem is nearing completion.

SALEM: The construction of a new building for the Salem Corporation’s health centre at Karungalpatti is nearing completion.

The civic body has taken up the works at Rs. 24.5 lakh under its comprehensive plan to revamp the urban health posts, maternity and child health centres, sub-centres, dispensaries and other health facilities. A sum of Rs. 12 lakh was allotted to create additional facilities including a compound wall.

The new building has labour room, out-patient room, drug store, waiting hall and residential quarters for health personnel. The centre caters to a population of about 15,000, a majority of them belong to the families living below the poverty line. Besides maternity care, childcare and immunisation programmes are also being carried out in the area from the centre. A large number of people visit the centre, as treatment at private clinics is costly.

The existing building of the centre has only one hall and it lacks equipment to deliver proper service to the residents.

Corporation officials said that they would equip the centre with modern facilities after completing the construction of the new building. New equipment and furniture would be provided to the centre. The Corporation was also planning to improve the facilities in health centres located in other parts in a phased manner. These centres did not witness any significant improvement even after several years of Salem city being given the Corporation status.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2009 03:16

Avadi Municipality upgrading health posts

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Avadi Municipality upgrading health posts

K. Lakshmi

CHENNAI: Avadi Municipality has started upgrading the infrastructure of its health posts.

A senior municipal official said three of the five health posts are being improved at a total cost of Rs.21 lakh. On an average, about 500 patients visited these facilities every day. Besides treatment for common ailments, they also provide maternity care.

About 40 per cent of the work to construct a new building for the Paruthipattu health post has been completed. The facility being built at a cost of Rs.8 lakh would be ready to use in two months.

The health post at Thirumullaivoyal, which is dilapidated, would be demolished to accommodate a new structure. The centre is now functioning on rented premises. More facilities such as equipment and additional rooms would be provided at the Mitnamalli health centre that is running out of space.

About Rs.5 lakh has been allocated towards the work that would get over in six months, the official said.

Nearly Rs.18 lakh has been spent on providing facelift to similar centres at Thandurai and Vizhignampakkam. Besides improving facilities at operation theatre in Vizhignampakkam health post, more amenities have been added at the AIDS counselling centre.

“We plan to computerise the network in all five health posts. One health post caters for residents living in areas in 5-to-8 km radius,” the official said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:58

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