<<02.03.2018>> Opening of Out-Patient Clinic in Tribal Area, Kothimangalam village, Thirukkazhukkundram

National Institute of Siddha has opened an Out Patient Clinic on 2-3-2018 at a rented building in Tribal Area, Kothimangalam Village,  Thirukazhukundram Taluk, Kancheepuram District which is 50 KMs away from National Institute of Siddha.  The OP will render healthcare service to general public, in particular to tribal population and facilitate referral services to Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital, NIS for In-patient management for required patients. Doctor consultation and dispensing of medicine is free of cost for tribal population. All other category of population can also avail treatment service with registration fee of Rs.15/- for OP Book and Rs.5/- for subsequent visit. The OP service is available from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 to 4.00 pm on all days except Sunday.

The inaugural function was held on 2-3-2018 (Friday) at 10.00 am. Prof.Dr.V.Banumathi, Director, National Institute of Siddha welcomed the all dignitaries and public for the function. Director has also acknowledged the support extended by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Tamil Nadu Government for opening Out Patient clinic at Tribal area. Smt. Maragatham Kumaravel, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Kancheepuram constituency participated as Chief Guest and Inaugurated the OP. She emphasised the relevance of Siddha Medicine without much side effect and exhorted the people, especially tribal population to utilise the services offered by National Institute of Siddha. She appreciated the Director and staff of NIS for their healthcare services for rendering treatment services from 750 patients in the year 2005 to 2500 patients per day in the year 2017. 

Shri Otem Dai IAS, Principal Secretary, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu Government presided over the function. He stated that tribal population are hesitant to avail the treatment service in General Hospital and offering the service at their area is highly appreciable and Tamil Nadu Government would extend necessary support for establishing a Siddha Hospital in the tribal area.

Shri V.P.Jayaseelan, IAS, Sub Collector of Chengalpattu stated that school absentee due to ill-health among tribal population is more compared to other population and desired that a mobile clinic atleast once in a fortnight may go to the interior tribal area to treat the patients. 

Dr.D.Joan Felicita, Senior Civil Surgeon, Taluk Hospital, Thirukazhukundram  has wished the tribal population to utilise the Siddha Medicine for their healthcare.

Dr.S.Ayyachamy, District Siddha Medical Officer, Kancheepuram District has emphasised the use of Siddha Medicine for routine healthcare as preventive and promotion of well-being. 

Shri K.Rajan, Dy.Director (Marketing), Industry of Commerce Industry, Tamil Nadu Government has also wished the OP serve its purpose and assured to extend necessary support for empowerment of tribal population. 

Shri.S.M.Murugan, Dy.Director(Admin), NIS has stated the process of this issue with approval of Ministry of AYUSH, Govt.of India and exhorted the local population to utilise this service

Prof.Dr.V.Banumathi, Director has added that the suggestions of the dignitaries are noted and operation of mobile clinic in the interior tribal population has already been under our action plan to provide healthcare at the doorsteps of tribal population atleast once in a fortnight.

Dr.N.J. Muthukumar, Hospital Superintendent proposed vote of thanks and the function ended with National Anthem.

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