Avail free medical services — Dr. Yalie
Kohima, March 27 (EMN): The urban primary health centre (UPHC), Seikhazou, conducted a medical health camp on Saturday at New Market colony (ward no. 8) in Kohima.
About 58 patients including children, youth and the elderly with different ailments turned up and received free counselling, consultation and medicines during the camp. It was learned that patients with joint pain, hypertension, diabetes, fungal rashes, skin and alcoholic-related problems were treated besides counselling on family planning and administering deworming medicines to some children from the colony.
Dr. Bilva Yalie, medical officer in-charge of UPHC, Seikhazou, informed that about six senior citizens who are above sixty years of age were briefed on the importance of getting the Covishield vaccine as well.
Interacting with Eastern Mirror, Yalie informed that they conduct such “special outreach” camps from their centre twice a month. He however lamented saying that, “our community doesn’t want to come to health clinics; they don’t have education about the importance of health we bring to them”.
She asserted that they dispense free medicine with checkups and consultations in those camps with the intention of educating the denizens.
The doctor informed that the Seikhazou health clinic, which is a part of National Urban Health Mission, is also the first health and wellness centre established in Nagaland inaugurated by the present health minister in 2018. She added that it is also the first National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) certified in 2019, the only one so far in Nagaland.
She added that more than 64 lab tests are being done in the centre with free healthcare delivery, immunisations and confutations. Yalie apprised that they also admit inpatient hospital admissions during the day though they don’t admit patients at night ‘owing to lack of staff who couldn’t be round the clock’.
“Whatever service we are doing, we also inculcate all the national health programmes in our centre,” she said, while sharing that they screen patients with diabetes, sleep and hypertension, basic oral cancer, breast cancer etc.
“All this is done completely free of cost,” Yalie said, adding that there are about 20 working staff at the health centre at Seikhazou which is located at D Khel within Kohima village jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Yalie stated that they also organise routine outreach through urban health and nutritious days to various colonies in Kohima as well as conduct immunisation and issue healthcare stocks to the people in the community.
Yalie added that in such a way they ‘are able to help the poor people especially with the target being those from urban slums and poor’. However, by delivering the healthcare system to the community, “people from all walks of life come to our clinic”, Yalie claimed.
“We have established good rapport with the people,” she shared, adding, “We are here to give you all we can,” she said and requested people to come and avail the facilities for free.
The medical officer also shared that they were looking forward to organising their camp “extensively” by roping in specialists in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Yalie informed that after Covid-19 pandemic, they have conducted four camps. She also informed that they have Malaria as well as HIV testing teams adding they also conduct anaemia health camps wherein teenagers were given iron tablets.
Apart from attending to the adolescent, she added that the clinic also gives “special attention” to the elderly. She further informed that 10 wards in Kohima are under UPHC, Seikhazou.