VPS Healthcare rebuilds Mallapuram’s health centre as largest in India

Vazhakkad, Jul 20 (IANS): A authorities Primary Health Centre in Kerala, destroyed in the 2018 floods, has been rebuilt as India’s largest household health centre with assist from a number one worldwide healthcare service supplier.

Fully funded by Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, an NRI entrepreneur from Kerala, and Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, a number one healthcare service supplier in GCC nations and India, the reconstructed household health centre at Vazhakkad is supplied with essentially the most superior expertise to serve the poor and marginalised folks.

The 15,000 sq. ft. household health centre, reconstructed at a value of Rs 10 crore, is the primary of its sort in the nation to advertise the idea of whole health and wellness. It has an open health club and a play space for kids, and is disabled-friendly.

The eco-friendly, energy-efficient constructing was designed and developed by the scholars and college of IIT-Madras and the Government Engineering College, Thrissur.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the Vazhakkad household health centre on Saturday, July 24.

Destroyed in the devastating 2018 floods, a government-run main health centre at Vazhakkad in Kerala’s Malappuram district has received a brand new lease of life. The ruined health centre has now acquired a contemporary face and possesses infrastructure matching a up to date hospital.

Reconstructed beneath the VPS-Rebuild Kerala initiative for Rs 10 crore, the state-of-the-art facility is the primary of its sort in the nation and touted as the largest amongst government-run main health centres (PHCs) in the nation.

Breaking with custom, the rebuilt centre goals to serve a bigger function of enhancing the health and wellness of the neighborhood. Distinctly completely different from a daily PHC, it has an open health club, a play space for kids, and different facilities to advertise a wholesome way of life.

Nestled in rural Malappuram, the PHC has a sophisticated laboratory and trendy imaging division. It has 10 statement beds with oxygen concentrators and a stabilisation unit to take care of sufferers affected by low oxygen saturation.

“Vazhakkad is dwelling to bizarre individuals who had relied on the first health centre for many of their routine medical check-ups and wishes,” stated Dr Okay. Sakeena, District Medical Officer. “The facility used to take care of round 75,000 folks yearly. Now renamed Family Health Centre, it’s anticipated to see round 200,000 sufferers a 12 months. This determine underscores the importance of the centre in the lives of the folks right here. It can also be a testomony to the standard of the companies offered on the facility.”

Dr Sakeena thanked Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, a number one built-in healthcare service supplier in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) international locations and India, for his generosity in funding the mission. “The district health division and the folks of Vazhakkad are profoundly completely satisfied,” Dr Sakeena stated.

“The reconstruction of the ruined health centre was our dream. The folks right here have been eager for the accomplishment of the mission. The health centre may also strengthen our relentless efforts to comprise the Covid-19 pandemic. We will all the time be grateful to Dr Shamsheer Vayalil for his assist,” Dr Sakeena added.

The authorities of Kerala has made huge advances in healthcare in current years. The impetus got here via the Aardram Mission, an formidable mission adopted by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF authorities to improve and re-engineer main health centres as household health centres. The mission has helped the state to make important progress in the direction of making high quality healthcare accessible to the poor and marginalised.

VPS Healthcare’s Vazhakkad mission has been in line with the state authorities’s imaginative and prescient. The healthcare group, with its huge worldwide expertise, has ensured the household health centre measures as much as the very best world requirements. Putting the Vazhakkad mission in perspective, healthcare skilled and the state’s former extra chief secretary (health and household welfare), Rajeev Sadanandan, stated it highlights the intensive scope of the Aardram Mission.

“When the Kerala authorities determined to remodel the Primary Health Centres into Family Health Centres as a part of the Aardram Mission, it was deliberate to be financed with state and native authorities funds, and supported by civil society,” Sadanandan stated.

“In some panchayats, nevertheless, this plan was disrupted by the disastrous floods in 2018. That is when, based mostly on his appreciable experience in the health sector, Dr Shamsheer determined to construct an establishment in Vazhakkad that matches worldwide specs as a part of his CSR initiative,” Sadanandan added.

The reconstructed household health centre is a contemporary construction developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and designed by a bunch of scholars from the School of Architecture and Planning at Government Engineering College (GEC), Thrissur.

The eco-friendly Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) panel expertise identified as Rapidwall has been used to construct the centre. The expertise eliminates bricks, blocks, timber and plasterboard linings, making the constructing environment-friendly, non-polluting, energy-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing.

“In the final two floods that occurred in Kerala, a variety of buildings collapsed and a number of other folks misplaced their properties. It is in this context that eco-friendly and sustainable development turns into essential. When VPS Healthcare approached us for the Vazhakkad household health centre reconstruction mission, our crew at IIT-Madras advisable the GFRG expertise,” Dr Cherian stated.

GFRG is a constructing panel product made out of waste gypsum. It presents the benefits of rapidity, sustainability and affordability in development. Research carried out at IIT-Madras established the usage of panels as partitions and slabs. The expertise permits buildings as much as ten-storey-high to keep away from beams and columns.

The suggestion of the specialists at IIT-Madras was based mostly on the efficiency of GFRG buildings in Kerala through the 2018 floods.

Spread over 15,000 sq. toes, the three-storey household health centre has an emergency room, a mini-operating theatre, session rooms for medical doctors, a nurses’ station, medical retailer, vaccine retailer, pattern assortment centre, imaginative and prescient and dental care clinic, a delegated zone for mom and youngster, pregnant ladies and the aged. The second ground has a contemporary convention corridor and homes the executive places of work.

From the start, members of the neighborhood have been actively concerned in the reconstruction mission. The concept was to unfold the message of inclusiveness. Some 40 college students from the School of Architecture and Planning at GEC Thrissur pitched in to offer design assist.

The Head of the School, Prof. C.A. Biju, stated the scholars had a terrific studying expertise by partaking themselves in the mission. “The faculty has a well-designed outreach programme arrange with the imaginative and prescient to supply first-hand expertise to our college students,” Biju stated.


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