The Kerala diaspora in the US have promised to help the state health department in improving the infrastructure facilities of the primary health centers (PHCs) in the state. The support was promised by the Kerala community in the US in the discussion they had with the visiting health minister of the state K K Shailaja. Shailaja said that she had a fruitful discussion with the Malayali community in the US and they have offered several helps to the state’s health sector. With the state health department giving thrust to the primary healthcare, the state sought support of the diaspora in improving the infrastructural facilities for offering better primary healthcare.
“They have agreed to support the government in improving the PHCs. In the first phase, they will be taking up projects in 20 PHCs to improve their infrastructure. The idea is to modernize these centers with the better facilities to offer better healthcare at the primary level,” said the health minister. The diaspora who had come for the meeting have suggested to take care of each PHCs of their native place for this. They will be executing the project with the support of the local bodies. Many of them came forward in taking up the projects in their native places during the discussion and the government has decided to utilize this opportunity, said the minister. She said that cancer detection was also the focus of the discussion and the Kerala diaspora have pledged support in getting more state-of-the-art equipment for our cancer centers in the state. “They have assured of providing machines for pap smear tests which is used for diagnosing cancer among pregnant women. Similar support has been promised by them for upgrading cancer centers in the state,” added Shailaja. – TOI