Kerala state Health minister KK Shailaja has declared that transgender clinics will be opened in all the government medical colleges of the state.
As a beginning to it, one such clinic has already opened in Kottayam medical college and is functioning once a month for the time being.
A statement released by the minister’s office says that all the departments of the hospital are coordinating well with the transgender clinic.
The clinic functions on the first Tuesday of every month.
A team of five doctors who are all specialists in separate fields, including general medicine, psychiatry, dermatology, endocrinology and plastic surgery, extend their services in the clinic.
The clinic still runs on a trial basis, and will remain open for more days in the future.
Apart from the clinics, the government also plans to start two surgical wings exclusively for the transgender community which would help in sex reassignment surgeries.
The first wing will be set up in Kottayam medical college within a month.
Even in the other medical colleges, the clinic would start functioning on Tuesdays of every week.
As per the statement, the treatment will be free at the clinic and transgender persons will be given health cards.
Some transgender volunteers will also be assigned in such clinics to offer legal help.
Apart from this, a para-legal volunteer will also be posted at these clinics to provide legal help for the community members.
Three transgender persons have already been selected as legal volunteers.
“It is a fact that transgender persons are not getting timely and adequate treatment. These clinics will provide them support for their health care. There are some peculiar health issues faced by this section of the people and they are not aware of the treatments available. These clinics will help address this,“ The Times of India quotes the Health Minister as saying.