TRICHY: The city corporation has filled up the vacant doctor posts in the urban primary health centres (UPHC) by appointing two permanent doctors for Thennur and Gandhipuram UPHCs last week.
“A doctor from Kattur UPHC will provide consultation at the Kamarajapuram UPHC near Trichy Airport for the time being. A permanent doctor would also be appointed within a week,” said Dr A Jaganathan, city health officer Corporation officials asserted that adequate efforts were underway to ensure healthcare standards to retain Trichy’s dominance as the best performer city in the health index under the national ranking of most liveable cities.
Welcoming the move, locals depending on the UPHCs urged the civic body to ensure permanent presence of doctors at the city’s primary health centres. Although the primary health centres in the city have adequate infrastructure and overwhelming patronage from locals, owing to dearth of doctors paramedical staff were providing treatment.
The Trichy Corporation manages 18 UPHCs and three Siddha clinics. Covering 9.2 lakh people, the corporation came under attack for keeping the doctor posts vacant in as many as three UPHCs including Gandhipuram near Woraiyur, Thennur, and Kamaraj Nagar near Trichy Airport for more than three months. The UPHCs serve local people, mostly pregnant women. Residents have been expressing their dissatisfaction for letting paramedical staff offer treatment and consultation in the absence of doctors.