The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has opened two more Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) clinics in the Kozhikode district (Kerala) with a mission to address the mental and physical problems of children between the age of 11 to 19.
The new clinics, opened at the taluk hospitals in Koyilandy and Perambra, will offer consultation to the adolescents from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The ARSH clinics will make use of the service of a doctor, a professional counsellor, and a nurse. The clinic will provide medicines and undertake awareness campaigns among teenagers.
According to NRHM officials, the government has invested Rs.10 lakh to open the special clinics. The District Medical Officer and the NRHM district programme manager would supervise the regular functioning of the initiative, they said. With the opening of the new clinics, the district now has three ARSH clinics. The first centre was opened at Government General Hospital, Kozhikode, on March 2.