The Madurai Corporation has decided to expand the Kodikulam primary health centre to accommodate more out-patients as the centre has been witnessing increasing patient count. On an average, about 100 patients visit the hospital everyday.

A team from Madurai Corporation led by commissioner Aneesh Sekhar visited the hospital on Thursday. He instructed health authorities to take up the expansion and complete it soon. He also instructed them to develop patients’ amenities like comfortable seating arrangements.

There are 31 urban primary health centres (UPHC). Sources from the health department of Madurai Corporation said that at present the UPHC has 10 beds and they are planning to increase five more beds. While there is no separate male and female ward, they are planning to develop it.

Earlier, the civic body was running a de-addiction centre at the structure, which was closed down couple of years ago for want of qualified psychiatrist. It was developed into UPHC and since then support from nearby localities has been overwhelming. A health official said that at present speciality doctors are made available in some of the UPHCs in the city. They are planning to expand the facility in Kodikulam also. The specialists will be available during specified timings in the evenings.

With officials having sta rted providing treatment for diabetes recently, a large number of diabetes patients too are getting benefited. “At least 20,000 diabetes and hypertension patients are getting treated in a month in the UPHC. Only complicated cases are referred to Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH),” the official said. As the civic body is improving the health care centres there is decongestion at the GRH, especially in the diabetes department. – TOI 

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