New Initiatives


Establishment of 118 new Primary Health Centres
Upgradation of 60 PHCs
Additional AYUSH facilities in PHCs and Hospitals
Screening for Diabetes and Hypertension
Comprehensive School Dental Camps
Civil works & Equipments to FRUs

Establishment of 118 new Primary Health Centres

During the year 2013-14, it has been proposed to establish 118 new PHCs with a total outlay of Rs.5900 Lakhs. In addition to the population criteria, health outcome and process indicators will be used for selection of these PHCs along with felt public need and social backwardness of the areas concerned.

Upgradation of 60 PHCs

During the year 2013-14, it has been proposed to upgrade 60 PHCs as 30 bedded hospitals in the blocks where there are no Taluk / Non Taluk hospitals or upgraded PHC is available. The budget proposed for the upgradation is Rs.6300 Lakhs.

Additional AYUSH facilities in PHCs and Hospitals

Earlier, 479 AYUSH clinics have been established in PHCs across the state. During the year 2009-10, this service has been extended to another 300 PHCs by hiring of AYUSH doctors under NRHM. Due to the growing public demand for AYUSH services, AYUSH clinics will be opened in 175 more PHCs bringing the total coverage under AYUSH to more than 60% of the PHCs. This will be implemented at a total cost of Rs.428 Lakhs during the year 2010-11

Screening for Diabetes and Hypertension

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are now recognized as major cause of morbidity and mortality In order to effectively address this issue, a pilot project was implemented in Kancheepuram district to arrive at the components of a state wide NCD screening programme. The components include:-

  1. Free State wide Adult risk profiling and screening for diabetes and hypertension.

  2. Capacity building of MPHWs to tackle NCDs.

  3. Provision of Sub centre NCD kits.

  4. Development and dissemination of clinical guidelines for screening, prevention, and management of diabetes, hypertension at the primary healthcare level and communication campaign on healthy lifestyle (interpersonal, print and media).

A budget of Rs.576 Lakhs has been proposed for this State wide screening programme.

Comprehensive School Dental Camps

The Morbidity statistics of the regular School Health Program in the state has reported that nearly 45% of children have dental problems. Tooth caries, Gingivitis, Dental Mottling, Impacted Tooth, Non Eruption of Tooth etc are few of the problems faced by school children. These dental diseases can best be prevented through early detection and primary prevention. It is proposed to conduct state wide screening camps by training of health functionaries and teachers and provide treatment to the affected children using qualified dentists at the school level itself. Students studying in rural schools from the class 3rd to 8th standard will be covered under the programme. A budget of Rs.250 Lakhs has been allocated for taking up this programme.

Civil works & Equipments to FRUs

A detailed facility survey has been conducted for identification of gaps and to finalize the activities to be incorporated within the existing FRUs. Due to increasing patient load at the secondary level Hospitals and to bring about an integration of different service units for smooth functioning of all services, activities for strengthening the maternal unit as well as for general improvement of the hospital building and other support services have been identified.

Civil works as a part of infrastructure strengthening in selected FRUs is proposed to be taken up during 2013-14. Civil works and Equipments to FRUs are under construction amounting Rs.8135 Lakhs.

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