Thursday, October 29, 2009

Exclusive primary health centre for the elderly

Comments: Nice initiative on the part on TN govt. See how a
multipurpose center combining Day Care, Health care, Medicine
distribution, Diagnostic tests etc are combined.
Exclusive primary health centre for the elderly

Staff Reporter

Mayor M. Subramanian declares it open

Doctor and counsellor trained in geriatrics

Ophthalmologist will be available for consultation on Fridays

CHENNAI: Chennai Corporation's first urban primary health centre
exclusively for senior citizens on Rottler Street, Purasawalkam, was
inaugurated on Friday. A doctor and counsellor will be available at
the facility.

Mayor M. Subramanian, who declared open the Balaiah Memorial — Urban
Primary Health Centre for Senior Citizens (geriatric care), said
various investigations, including electrocardiogram (ECG) test and
those to check sugar levels, besides physiotherapy sessions, were
available at the clinic. Treatment for skin and bone-related ailments
would also be made available. He said the facility will function
alongside the existing PHC there.

Senior citizens who are alone at home can also spend their free time
at the clinic and interact with persons of their age group.

"Comfortable seating arrangements and games, including chess and
carrom, have been provided. We will soon install a television set." He
said that in a few days arrangements would be made with the help of
philanthropists for tea and snacks.

Mr. Subramanian added that the civic body would distribute over five
lakh vitamin tablets to students in private, government-run and civic
body-run schools on October 15. Corporation Commissioner Rajesh
Lakhoni said the doctor and counsellor at the urban PHC were trained
in geriatrics. An ophthalmologist would be available for consultation
on Fridays.

Lakshmi Masilamani (68), who came for a check-up, said she was happy
to know that medicines for diabetes would also be supplied to senior
citizens. "I come here for regular check-ups and get tablets for blood

Source: The Hindu 10th Oct 2009

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