Post by Dr Anoop, Medical officer in charge of CHMP Palakkad district.
The progressive rise in number of patients attending CMHP clinics leads to a concern as to where are we heading towards and what is the limit??? (for in Palakkad within one year of functioning a few clinics have as high as 100+ patients every month with 5-6 new cases/month adding on…..So a natural question is, it being a government program can we restrict the patients attending the clinic??? and if not will it be possible to give quality care to such large number of patients within a limited time span???
Even if we advise once in 2 or 3 months visit for few patients, we have a limitation to administer them medicine for total 2 or 3 months in one go (because of drug shortage) and hence the patients invariably turn up every month at the clinic……
It is high time to train and shift the clinical load to trained medical officers…………………….else NMHP outreach clinics may well turn out to be nothing more than a glorified pharmacy service!!