THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Come August, the state capital will have six family health centres. Stepping towards a ‘family doctor’ concept in the public health sector, the health department is coming up with a move to ensure patient-friendly healthcare and bring in efficient health services.
To be implemented as part of the Ardram Mission, the project is being carried out in association with the National Health Mission. As many as 16 Primary Health Centres (PHC) in the capital are being converted into Family Health Centres (FHC).
Once the FHCs are set up, the medicos will get a clear picture on the health status of each family in their region so as to provide the best health care solutions. Along with mother and child care and prevention of contagious diseases, the FHCs will also focus on dealing with lifestyle diseases like Blood Pressure variations, Cholesterol and Diabetes.
Modernised registration facility, token system, consultation rooms to ensure patients’ privacy, special toilets for the physically challenged, waiting area, drinking water facility and sign boards would be set up at FHCs. Laboratory facilities are also being set up for the purpose.
In Thiruvananthapuram district 16 PHCs will be upgraded into FHCs. These are Vamanapuram, Chemaruthy, Kadakampally, Aruvikkara, Balaramapuram, Pallichal, Kilimanoor, Thonnakkal, Keezhattingal, Vattiyoorkavu, Kottukal, Paraniyam, Poozhanad, Karakulam, Amachal and Jagathy.
Vamanapuram, Chemaruthy, Kadakampally, Aruvikkara, Balaramapuram and Pallichal to be made FHCs before August 15.
Kilimanoor, Thonnakkal, Keezhattingal, Vattiyoorkavu, Kottukal, Paraniyam, Poozhanad and Karakulam to be upgraded before September 15.
Amachal and Jagathy PHCs to become FHCs by November 15.