It was in 2019 that the government gave a nod to the CHC. But a dispute over handing over a building from the social welfare department delayed the opening of the CHC. It was after the new council led by mayor M Anilkumar assumed office that the measures to sort out the issue were taken. Around Rs, 35 lakh has been spent on renovating the building. Moreover, around Rs, 40 lakh has been spent on procuring medical equipment. Besides the services offered at primary health centres (PHCs), services of specialists will also be available at the CHC. There will also be an observation ward with six beds.
In the initial stage, there will be outpatient (OP) wings for general medicine, paediatrics, orthopaedics, mental health and dental health. There will be two medical officers, four staff nurses, two pharmacists and two lab technicians in the CHC. The service of the dental surgeon will be available three days a week while a paediatrician will be there on Tuesday and Saturday. There will be a lab facility to diagnose diseases including dengue. The service of a psychiatrist will be available once a month. Vaccination programmes for children, immunization, Covid vaccination, family planning facilities and lab facilities will be provided at the CHC.
With the support of the National Health Mission, 38 urban health and wellness centres will be rolled out in Kochi. Such facilities will be started in the areas where guest workers, transgenders and handicapped persons reside. Kochi corporation has started measures to identify buildings which can be used for starting such centres.
The corporation also plans to prepare a mental health action plan for each year. From May 2021 to December 2021, the corporation gave counselling to 6,356 persons. Of these, 40% were suffering from lack of proper sleep, anxiety, depression, etc.