Soon, Polyclinic to Bring Healthcare Within Reach

City Corporation’s Kudumbashree will set up a polyclinic to provide affordable, accessible and high-quality primary care. A polyclinic is a clinic that provides both general and specialist examinations and treatments to outpatients and is usually independent of a hospital. The civic body has already begun the preliminary work of finding a suitable location. Kudumbashree officials have already started visiting suitable sites to zero in on a location. Considered to be first of its kind of initiative in the state by Kudumbashree, the move aims to provide comprehensive healthcare at affordable cost. The clinic will be set up as a women group venture comprising five to 10 Kudumbashree members. Considered to be first of its kind of initiative in the state by Kudumbashree attached to a local self-government body, the move aims to provide affordable treatment and lab services to people. The clinic will be set up as a women group venture comprising five to ten Kudumbashree women. Kudumbashree will execute the polyclinic project including it under the innovative project for the financial year 2019-2020. The total estimate of the project is around Rs 40 lakh. Of the total amount, Kudumbashree will provide Rs 5 lakh and the remaining fund will be contributed by beneficiaries or by availing bank loan.

The clinic will be set up in a 2000 square feet area. It will also generate employment opportunities for at least 12 skilled workers. The clinic will have two doctors, two nurses, one pharmacist, lab technician, receptionist, cleaning staff and staff to issue outpatient tickets. The polyclinic will function from 9 am to 8 pm on all days. The lab attached to the clinic will carry out all tests at a nominal fee. The clinic will also house a medical shop that provides generic medicines, trained Kudumbashree women will run the advanced laboratory. Corporation Kudumbashree project officer M V Ramsi Ismail said that currently, people from all section of society cannot visit government hospitals and health sub centers to avail treatment. ”The polyclinic will fill that gap and convert it as a health clinic accessed by people from all strata of the society. The OP ticket will only cost up to Rs 20. People will also get concessions on medicines and to conduct laboratory tests. Only nominal fee will be levied for all the services providing at the polyclinic,” he added that a detailed project report will be prepared in the meeting to be held next week. – TOI

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