Kannur: In a unique initiative aimed at increasing access to healthcare facilities, a paediatric clinic has been launched at the Kannur Town Police Station. This is the first such facility in Kerala. As many as 1,174 kids have already sought treatment at the clinic after its launch on January 14 this year. The clinic functions on Sundays and other holidays.
Fifteen doctors take turns in offering free consultation at the clinic, which was opened with the support of Indian Academy of Paediatrics. The holiday clinic also provides a solution to the shortage of doctors’ services on holidays.
Newborns to kids aged 15 years can consult doctors at the police station clinic from 10 am to 12 noon on Sundays and holidays. The doctors’ team is headed by Dr M K Nandakumar.
Arrangements are also made for kids who need counselling or awareness classes. Books are also gifted to the patients.
When a large number of patients turn up, token system is in force. Women police personnel will also be present to assist the visitors.
Town Station House Officer T K Ratnakumar is in charge of the project. Special programmes are planned at the clinic on November 14, Children’s Day. The doctors offering services at the clinic will be also be honoured.