No Clinics to Treat the Elderly
Times of India
October 1, 2011
The state which
can be projected as the oldest state in the country is on the threshold
of a major health crisis for its senior citizens with not a single
geriatric speciality clinic in the state.
Kochi, which is home to the largest number of speciality and private
hospitals, has no centre which attends specifically to the aged. Those
that claim so are mainly general medicine clinics.
''Geriatrics is a speciality like paediatrics. Just like you don't take
children to a general physician, even the elderly need specialised
doctors to look at their ailments as they often report multiple
ailments,'' Helpage India Kochi chapter programme coordinator John
''We are being projected as an old state because our elderly population
is more than 10 per cent. Ours is being projected at 11.7 percent. So,
unless one knows how to treat this group of citizens, they often end up
with complications,'' he said.
However, while there are no clinics in the state, the state unit of the
National Rural Health Mission and the Kerala State Social Security
Mission are planning to launch Vyomitram, a medicare project for the
people in the age group 65 and above in Ernakulam soon.
''Under the project, a mobile clinic will tour various wards of Kochi
corporation on specific days. The project is meant to help elder
citizens who find it difficult to reach hospitals owing to various
reasons,'' health committee chairman T K Ashraf said.
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