The well-lit space was inaugurated by chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday.
The clinic, that is meant for catering to the basic medical needs of underprivileged families has since started its services. And people have begun dropping in here to get themselves treated for general medical issues like cold, cough, fever and headache.
A team of Chennai Corporation’s doctor, nurse and an attendant are jointly managing it.
Before consulting the doctor, patients are provided with a token number and are asked to wait at the clinic’s hall, following social distancing. Once their turn arrives, a nurse checks his/her vitals like temperature, BP and blood sugar. Later, the patients are sent for a consultation with the doctor
The doctor then provides treatment and prescribes the required medicines. The facility is equipped with basic medicines including paracetamol, vitamin and calcium tablets. The clinic also offers fresh kabasura kudineer and ORS (oral rehydration solution) to patients who might need them.
Says a health worker here, “If in case, a patient requires additional treatment, we refer them to the nearby primary health centres or government hospitals.”
At present, this is the only Mini Clinic in Mylapore. In the coming days, health workers say that similar clinics will come up at other places in the neighbourhood.
The clinic will be open from 8 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm on all days except Saturdays. Treatment is provided at free of cost here.