Urban Health Centres in Kozhikode to Resume its Operation Under NUHM

Published on: 21 Aug, 2013
Published under: Kozhikode District News

21 August 2013

The Urban Health Centres and Maternal and Child Health Centres, which were closed down in 2004 after the formal winding up of the World Bank-funded Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) project, will resume functioning within a year with the implementation of the Centre’ss flagship programme — National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).

As many as 27 Maternal and Child Health Centres and 7 Urban Health Centres will get a fresh lease of life under the new initiative. Priority will be given to renovate the existing infrastructure such as buildings, etc., to suit the new requirement. New vacancies will be created to manage the functioning of these centres.

Officials with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) said the reopening of the health centres would mainly benefit the urban poor and slum dwellers. “So far, the NRHM focussed on rural areas, but, as per the latest directive of the Union government, it would gradually be part of the new National Health Mission (NHM). Both the NRHM and NUHM will come under the NHM,” they said.

Along with the reopening of the closed-down centres, new posts of doctors and nurses would be created. The services of doctors would be made available at the Urban Health Centres, whereas Junior Public Health Nurses would be posted to take care of the Maternal and Child Health Centres.

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