Healthcare sector may see further consolidation in 2019

Surat: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be setting up 11 urban health and wellness centres (UHWCs) with trained staff to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, cancer and other diseases.

Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be setting up 11 urban health and wellness centres (UHWCs) with trained staff to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, cancer and other diseases.

These healthcare centres will also have facilities for maternal health, neonatal and infant health services, child health, geriatric care, chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental illness, dental care and eye care. The UHWCs aims at covering 12, 68,000 people in the city once they are ready by March 31, 2019. “Our focus so far has been on curative medicine. We have been treating patients who came to our healthcare centres. Now, we are switching over to the concept of preventive and promotive health concept with early diagnosis. People will get essential drugs and diagnostic services free,” said Dr Ashish Naik, deputy commissioner of health, SMC.

Every patient, who is above 30 years of age, can get his blood pressure and blood sugar checked here regularly and get treatment. “Many people in our society are not aware of their illness. Preventive medicine for us means we identify the right areas and treat the affected people of any disease that they are suffering from and help the society remain healthy.” said Dr Fenil Patel, reproductive child health officer (RCHO), SMC.

The UHWCs will also hold Yoga and meditation sessions once in week and provide regular counselling and screening of hypertension, diabetes, cancer among other diseases.

“Our objective is to provide modern healthcare facilities to people from lower strata of society. Medical care in Surat will not remain costly once these healthcare centres become operational,” Dr Naik added.

The civic body is giving training to 121 Asha workers, 111 auxiliary nurse maids and 12 medical officers at Adajan health centre before posting them to the UHWCs. SMC expects to receive grant from the central government for the UHWCs.

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