NHM Visit to Transgender Clinic of MGMCRI

National health Commission Tamilnadu Government visit to Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institution. 14th June 2019.

Under the initiative of National Health Mission Tamil Nadu transgender clinics are being established at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai and government-run Rajaji Medical College Hospital, Madurai. A team of three representing National Health Mission visited Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry on 14/05/2019. Transgender clinic in MGMCRI is a well-established facility offering comprehensive medical care to the society’s most vulnerable Transgender population since 2010. The clinic caters gender affirmative procedures, HIV & STI prevention-counselling, treatment for transwomen & transmen from all over India. A protocol based driven health care offers high-quality medical care and patient safety.NHM Experts have opined that the Transgender Clinic at MGMCRI, Pondicherry as a role model worth emulating in Transgender health care nation-wide.

The three-member team constituted Head of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital Chennai, NHM Nodal Officer, and NHM consultant. Prof. M. Ravishankar, Dean welcomed the team and briefed them about the ‘Gender Care Committee’(GCC) of MGMCRI, a unique Committee constituted of specialists from general & plastic surgery, Gynaecology, Psychiatry, dermatology, legal adviser, community representative (Mx. Sheethal). The Committee is headed by Dr. Swati Pawar (DMS & Chairperson, GCC)   and Dr. Sameera M Jahagirdar (Associate Professor, Critical Care & Secretary, ). The NHM team members had an opportunity to have interactions with individual members of the Gender Care Committee and Transgender clients getting treated in the hospital. NHM Experts have opined that the Transgender Clinic at MGMCRI, Pondicherry as a role model worth emulating in Transgender health care nation-wide.

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