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Namma Clinics In Mysuru: A Boon For Urban Health

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Namma Clinics, a health initiative by the State Government in Mysuru, have proven to be a resounding success in providing essential health services to the urban poor. With three clinics already operational in different parts of the city and three more across the district, the Health and Family Welfare Department is contemplating the establishment of three additional clinics. 

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The three Namma Clinics in Hootagalli, Srirampura, and Yaraganahalli (Rammanahalli) within the city, and others in H.D. Kote, K.R. Nagar, and T. Narasipur across the district, were initiated in December 2022 as part of the National Urban Health Mission. These health facilities, strategically located in Primary Health Centre (PHC) premises, operate as sub-centers from 9 am to 4 pm. Since their inception 15 months ago, the clinics have made significant strides in delivering healthcare services to the economically disadvantaged.

The primary objective of Namma Clinics is the early detection of diseases, particularly non-communicable and lifestyle-related ones. By identifying health issues at an initial stage, the clinics enable quicker treatment, minimizing the risk of life-threatening complications. Recognizing the critical role played by these clinics, the Health Department has extended the operational hours of two clinics in each district of the State until 8 pm, further enhancing their accessibility.

Namma Clinics open in Bengaluru , but staff crunch in many

Source: The New India Express

From April 2023 to the end of January 2024, over 46,000 people, comprising 23,055 men and 23,843 women, have availed services at the six Namma Clinics in the district. The overwhelming response from the public underscores the pressing need for accessible healthcare services, especially for the urban poor. The popularity has prompted the consideration of establishing three additional clinics to meet the growing demand.

Dr. P.C. Kumaraswamy, the District Health Officer (DHO), highlights the escalating urban population and the resulting strain on Primary Health Centres (PHCs). Namma Clinics have emerged as a crucial solution to bridge the gap and address the health needs of the urban poor effectively. The success of the existing clinics in Mysuru district has prompted plans for the establishment of three more, emphasizing the commitment to providing quality healthcare to those in need.

114 'Namma Clinics' to be inaugurated on December 14: Karnataka Health  Minister

Source: DH

The impact of Namma Clinics goes beyond consultations, with 41,940 patients receiving free medicines, and 11,465 undergoing diagnostic tests at the clinics’ labs. This comprehensive approach ensures that not only consultations, but also necessary medications and diagnostic services are made available to the economically disadvantaged population.


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