Tamil Nadu government opens intervention centres to prevent disability in kids

Be it a cold or a major heart condition, or a learning disability to mobility challenges, parents in Tamil Nadu can now seek medical help for their children from three dedicated early intervention centres exclusively for children in three key hospitals in Chennai.

These are the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital, and Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital. They have various specialties under one roof. So far, families of sick children, who visit state-run hospitals, had to shuttle between departments and institutions for medical help.

Program to be extended to anganwadi centres

To ensure early intervention, the Directorate of Public Health has also launched 15 medical teams to spread out and screen children in government and government-aided schools in Chennai. The city has 687 such institutions with nearly three lakh students.

The children will be screened under four categories - defects, developmental delays, deficiency and disease. They will then be referred to these centres, where a 14-member team will diagnose them. The programme will also be extended to anganwadi centres.

The new centres will diagnose, treat and manage cases like congenital heart ailments, autism and learning disabilities, and minor infections in the 0-18 years' age group.

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