Adding a new model to boost the state's medical infrastructure, Tamil Nadu government is all set to open 708 urban clinics in February, similar to the model of 'Mohalla Clinics' in Delhi. The final preparations are underway in the state to inaugurate such medical facilities.
Addressing the reporters after an event at Meenakshi Hospital in Thanjavur on Wednesday, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said that the work for 500 such clinics has been over and the rest are nearing its completion. He further said that each Mohalla clinic will have a doctor, nurse, and pharmacist. These clinics will provide 12 services that include maternal and child health, adolescent health, and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
These clinics will also be providing Ophthalmic care, palliative care and ear, nose and throat treatment among other services. These Urban Health and Wellness Centres planned on the line of Delhi's Mohalla Clinics have been completed in ten months. Ma Subramanian also said that recruitment of staff for the clinics is underway and they will be inaugurated in early February.
In April 2022, Chief Minister MK Stalin visited the Mohalla Clinics in New Delhi and after being touched by the services offered by these clinics, Stalin then announced that such clinics will be established in Tamil Nadu. Nearly ten months after the announcement, the state of Tamil Nadu is counting its days to witness such medical facilities come to serve the public.
Besides this model, the Tamil Nadu health department has also been involved in implementing the doorstep healthcare scheme as well as trauma and accident care schemes. According to IANS, the state government is providing an amount of Rs 1 lakh for treatment in the first 48 hours at designated hospitals to accident victims irrespective of their domicile status under the 'Innuyir Kappom Thittam- Nammai Kakkum 48' scheme launched in 2021.