Early intervention centres for children planned in Hubballi, Mangaluru

Children screened at health camps will be referred to these hospitals

Early intervention centres for children planned in Hubballi, Mangaluru

 Karnataka will soon have Early Intervention Centres in two districts. To begin with, these centres would be set up at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi and at the Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru.

With funds from the Union government, the centres would be setup at hospitals attached to medical colleges at a cost of Rs 25 lakh.

A team constituted for this purpose has visited the medical college hospitals and submitted the list of requirements to the Centre. The State government would monitor the setting up of these centres.

Minimise disability

The idea behind the early intervention is to minimise disability. In cases where the disability has already been established, the intervention would include enhancement of child development to help the child reach the highest potential and prevent progression to handicap that may arise from activity limitation, according to the guidelines by the Central government.

Children screened at schools and various health camps will be referred to these intervention centres through chief medical officers of taluk hospitals.

Patients with reference letter from these officers are eligible to be treated at these centres. Such type of centres have already been established in other states with the objective of providing comprehensive health care under one roof.

According to an official with the department of Health and Family Welfare, these Centres will act as hospitals within hospitals where patients can avail various treatments under one roof without having to run from pillar to post.

Cases to be classified

“Cases would be classified as primary, that is patients who can be treated at the primary health centres; secondary, who need specialised treatment, and tertiary, those who will have to be operated upon,” said the official.

A wide range of treatment facilities from physiotherapy, psychiatry, audiology, pediatric opthalmology, dentistry, neuro-surgery, besides the services of a  special educator, nutritionist and nurses will be made available for children in these centres. The treatment is free of cost.

The optometrists would work as a team with other professionals and help formulate an inclusive programme especially for the children with visual problems.

More such centres would be set up at Davangere, Shivamogga, Raichur, Mysuru, Mandya and Hassan, with funds from the directorate of the differently abled persons.

Official, Health and Family Welfare dept: These centres will act as hospitals within hospitals where patients can avail themselves of various treatments under one roof without having to run from pillar to post.

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