FHC resurrected to bring laurels to health sector

The household health centre at Vazhakkad is the largest such facility within the nation

A authorities health centre at Vazhakkad in Malappuram is getting spruced up to bring laurels to the State’s health sector.

The centre, being reconstructed after it was destroyed within the 2018 floods, is poised to develop into the largest and probably the most superior household health centre (FHC) within the nation when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates it on July 24.

The ₹10-crore FHC at Vazhakkad, funded by Shamsheer Vayalil, NRI entrepreneur and chairman of VPS Healthcare, would be the first of its sort within the State. From ruins, it underwent a whole makeover by way of using fashionable design and expertise. It would be the first such facility within the nation selling the idea of health and wellness with an open gymnasium, play space for kids, and different facilities.

In line with the design and construction developed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, the glass fibre strengthened gypsum (GFRG) rapid-wall expertise has been used within the 13,700-sq.ft. FHC, in addition to eliminating bricks, blocks, timber, and plasterboard linings. It has a complicated laboratory and a contemporary imaging division. Moreover, there are 15 oxygen concentrators and a stabilisation unit to attend to sufferers affected by low oxygen saturation.

The FHC has an emergency room, a mini operation theatre, medical doctors’ consulting rooms, nurses’ station, medical retailer, vaccine retailer, pattern assortment centre, imaginative and prescient and dental clinics, and a particular zone for mom and youngster, pregnant ladies, and the aged. The second flooring has a convention corridor, aside from administrative workplaces.

“It has an unique OP for pregnant ladies and the aged. Before the floods, the centre used to care for 75,000 sufferers a yr. The upgraded FHC is supplied with services to attend to round two lakh sufferers a yr,” mentioned District Medical Officer Okay. Sakeena. “The FHC can also be anticipated to strengthen our relentless efforts in battling the pandemic,” she added.

The floods of 2018 and 2019 had severely crippled the federal government’s efforts in upgrading major health centres (PHCs) to FHCs beneath the Aardram Mission. Dr. Shamsheer lent not solely his agency’s company social duty (CSR) funds, but in addition his experience within the health sector. The Vazhakkad FHC matches worldwide specs for major care.

As many as 40 college students of structure from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, lent their help within the building of the centre. For them, it was an incredible studying expertise as effectively. “We wished all of the members of the neighborhood to be a part of the initiative. Experts from completely different fields together with the native inhabitants had come collectively to make this endeavour successful. The participation and involvement of individuals from completely different walks of life has added worth to the mission. And, the result’s seen. The credit score additionally belongs to individuals who have selflessly related to us,” mentioned Dr. Shamsheer.

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