Kozhikode: The Union ministry of health and family welfare has given the nod for the opening of a wellness centre under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in the city.
The centre providing allopathic treatment would be beneficial for more than 20,000 central government employees, pensioners and their family members. A government order regarding the same was handed over by the ministry to MK Raghavan, MP.
The MP said the wellness centre could come up in a rented building of the Kerala State Co-Operative Housing Federation. The inspection of the building located beside the bypass road is on, he said.
A Parliamentary health standing committee had accepted a proposal for the CGHS wellness centre by the MP in 2016. Raghavan is also a member of this committee.
Central government employees and pensioners from Malabar are currently depending on the only CGHS centre in the state – in Thiruvananthapuram. Once the centre starts in Kozhikode, it would also be beneficial for the people from the neighbouring districts. This is the first time in the country that the ministry is giving sanction for CGHS centres in tier-2 cities, other than the state capital, claimed the MP.
In future, the wellness centre would offer treatment in Ayurveda as well as Homeopathy and Unani, he added.