Madurai is one of the ten districts in Tamil Nadu where a centre for abandoned persons will be built. The centre will provide medical facilities and other help to rescued and elderly people.
Madurai has come up with an effort to help abandoned and elderly people by sheltering them. An emergency care and recovery centre for abandoned persons will be opened soon in the city.
The centre at Government Hospital for Thoracic Medicine at Thoppur will be set up under the National Health Mission (NHM). Madurai comes under one of the ten districts in Tamil Nadu where such centres are being established.
The rescue centre will have 30 beds, 15 each for male and female. Apart from this, four staff nurses, two social workers and three caretakers will work there.
Under NHM, social workers will help identify and rescue the abandoned people. A team including Collector T. Anbalagan, Joint Director (Health) P. Venkatachalam, police personnel, and members of NGOs will work together for this purpose.
The rescued people will be evaluated afterwards and the social workers will provide them with medical facilities. Also, psychiatric, psychological and social care will be provided to them.
The state government has also planned for the patients who get recovered as the centre will help reunite them with their family members. However, if the centre, in any case, not able to do the same, separate homes will be developed to rehabilitate the patients.
Such centres, in each of the districts of Tamil Nadu, will be run by the government authorities, along with local NGOs.
The Madurai recovery centre will be inaugurated within the next few weeks.