CM to inaugurate 108 Namma Clinics in BBMP limits on February 7; Universal and Comprehensive Primary Healthcare our priority: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K. Sudhakar

Yogesh K Porwar

*Each Namma Clinic will cater to 15,000-20,000 people.

*12 services including Antenatal, Postnatal care, immunization will be made available.

Our government has given top priority to enhance healthcare infrastructure in the state and CM Basavaraj Bommai will simultaneously launch 108 Namma Clinics in BBMP limits on Tuesday,February 7,said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

The newly established Namma Clinic in Mahalakshmipura ward of Mahalakshmi Layout will be inaugurated on Tuesday and remaining 107 clinics will also be launched on the same occasion.

All these 108 Namma Clinics will be made available for public service from Tuesday itself,informed the minister.

Earlier on December 14,2022 CM had launched 100 Namma Clinics in a function held at Bairadevarakoppa in Dharwad.

While interacting with beneficiaries about the services available in Namma Clinics, people expressed their happiness and thanked the CM for this initiative.

The Namma Clinics which are functioning as Urban Helath and Wellness Centres are heralding a new era in primary healthcare.

Namma Clinics are providing comprehensive primary healthcare to poor, vulnerable and underprivileged sections in the urban areas.

A total of 438 Namma Clinics are being launched and these will aid in ensuring quality preventive and primary care for daily wagers,labourers etc.

One clinic for 15-20 thousand population

Under the National Urban Health Mission, at present there is one primary health centre for every 50,000 population.

Now under the grants of 15th Finance Commission we are establishing one primary health centre to cater 15,000-20,000 population in urban areas. Out of the 438 Namma Clinics,243 will be in BBMP and the rest 195 will be in districts,minister explained.

*Referral facility will also be made available”

Namma Clinics are designed to provide universal and comprehensive primary healthcare in urban areas. Referral facility will also be available and patients requiring higher treatment will be referred to secondary and tertiary centres.

This will not only reduce the cost of treatment but will also decentralise the healthcare services, said Dr.Sudhakar.

*What all facilities will be available?”

Each Namma Clinic will have one doctor, one nursing staff, one lab technician and one D-group worker.A total of 12 healthcare services packages will be available including antenatal, postnatal care, adolescent care, immunization, family planning,fertility,communicable diseases management,general and minor injuries, preventive care for NCDs, oral care, eye care, ENT, mental health,geriatric care and laboratory services.

Tele-consultation,wellness activities like yoga and referral services will also be available,minister explained.

*Reliable service and efficient management*

Namma Clinics will be available for the public from 9 AM to 4:30 PM from Monday to Saturday.

Each Namma Clinic is set up in a 1000sq ft area with separate space for waiting area, OPD consultation room, immunization ward, laboratory, yoga room, medicines counter, administrative section etc.

The Namma Clinics will have separate toilet facilities for men, women and staff, said minister.