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Tirupur district may get 11 more PHCs

Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine has suggested that 11 more primary health centres (PHCs) be set up in Tirupur district and facilities in the existing PHCs be improved. This will give a boost to the rural healthcare in the district.


The proposal sent by the directorate to the Union Government says the new PHCs be established at Ponnapuram (Tirupur block), Uppilipalayam, Anuppati, Puliampatti (all Palladam block), Sreenivasapuram, Periyayipalayam (both Avinashi block), Elayamuthur (Udumalpet block), Pudhuppai, Olapalayam (both Vellakoil block), Velliraveli (Kunnathur block) and Kalipalayam (Dharapuram block).

“For any new PHC, funds are being allocated from the corpus created by the Union Government under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) at the rate of Rs 21.75 lakh towards the construction of building and additional amounts for necessary equipment based on the need for the region,” Deputy Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Dr. V. Vijayalakshmi told The Hindu.

Each of the 11 new PHCs would have two medical officers, three staff nurses, a laboratory assistant and a junior assistant, Dr. Vijayalakshmi said.

Ease rush

The new PHCs would ease rush of patients in the existing ones and patients from mofussil areas will have easy accessibility to healthcare facilities.

At present, the district has 43 PHCs of which 24 are in Tirupur Health Unit District (HUD) and the remaining in Dharapuram HUD.

Lab facilities

Laboratory facilities to test blood, urine and cholesterol in nine existing PHCs in Tirupur HUD would be set up, Dr. Vijayalakshmi said.

There were also plans to upgrade a few PHCs from the present six-bedded to 30-bedded institutions before the end of the current fiscal.

# New PHCs to have two doctors and three nurses
# The district now has 43 PHCs

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article2146237.ece

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