Top medicare for Northern civilians
Northern Province, Padaviya Hospital get 304 medical
officers, 986 nurses:
Officials to visit welfare centres regularly:
hospitals involved with providing care to IDPs
The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry has streamlined medical and
sanitation facilities provided to civilians in welfare centres in the
North by posting an enhanced cadre of 304 medical officers and 986
nurses to the Northern Province and Padaviya hospitals.
In addition, arrangements have been made for a Senior Registrar (Anaesthesia),
a paediatric surgeon, a JMO, a CSTH and another surgeon to visit the
welfare centres regularly, said the Health Ministry in a communique
There is also a 188 bed field hospital built by Medicine Sans
Frontiers at Settikulam and an Indian field hospital with 115 beds and
nursing and paramedical staff at the welfare centre at Menik Farm to
cater to the civilians.
Poovarasakulam hospital has been earmarked to patients with chicken
pox and other communicable diseases.
Adequate stocks of essential drugs deployed from Regional Medical
Supplies divisions are sent to hospitals in the North co-ordinated by a
senior director attached to Vavuniya.
A drug store has been set-up in Vavuniya to despatch the drugs while
37 ambulances have been deployed to hospitals in the North.
Apart from this, 40 ambulances have also been provided to Public
Special emphasis has also been laid on preventive healthcare at the
welfare centres. Quality analysis of drinking water is carried out by
health staff regularly to ensure safe drinking water supplies to welfare
centres in addition to chlorination of water sources.
Preventive measures include routine immunization of children below
five years, de worming children under two years, provision of vitamin
capsules to prevent malnutrition and family planning advice and
Every primary healthcare centre with 24 hour ambulance service
operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily covering 10,000 to 15,000 people.
Nutritional screening centres will also be set up at all primary
healthcare centres in the five welfare zones.
All civilians have been provided with Triposha on arrival at the