St. Luke Health Centre Aurad
History of St. Luke Health Centre
In the year 1972, HCC started a drought relief program in and around Gulbarga town. During this time health concerns were identified as a result of which a health team was formed in the year 1974. At that time the health teams was providing primary health care and refer the patients to Government general hospital for treatment. In the year 1975 a doctor was appointed and regular health clinics were started. In 1981 four acre of land was bought and the health centre building was constructed in 1991. The Health centre was inaugurated in 1993 with 15 beds. Over a period of time nursing students undergoing training in other Institutions were placed in St. Luke Health Centre for experience in community health. Tuberculoses and family planning program, HIV care blindness prevention program was also added to the services. The international students also started coming to the Health centre for gaining experience. At present the Health Centre has a capacity of 30 beds.
The Health Centre is also working in partnership with Karnataka Health Promotion Trust for implementing Mac Aids program for vulnerable children. The Health Centre also implements the link worker scheme supported by Karnataka State Aids prevention society and NACO in 5 blocks of Gulbarga District of 100 villages.
Existing Medical Services provided in Health Centre
Every day of the week except Sunday regular outpatient clinic is conducted at 09.30 am to 13.30 hrs morning session and 14.30 to 16.30 hrs as afternoon session. On Saturday it is from 09.30 to 13.30 hrs. This is the entry point of the public to our services. On an average 40-50 patients attend the OPD.
Main trainees of our programs are nursing students for their community health training. We have degree and diploma nursing students from KBNIMS (medical students). Every Wednesday specialist doctor i.e. MD Medicine, Gynecology and pediatric are visiting our centre. The students from Bachelor of Social Work practice weekly twice with Aurad center. Group of students from North Park University Chicago, USA Visited on 9th January 2016, SVF Jonkoping, and Gothenburg University, Sweden joined us this year.
TB Control Program
This Centre is a Designated Microscopy Centre (DMC) for RNTCP of Tuberculosis, laboratory technician is trained and approved person. Sputum examination is done free of charge, if found positive referred to the respective PHCs or other government hospitals of the area. Since this centre is an active partner in HIV care this facility and service is also the most important. All HIV persons are to be screened for TB and thus it is very helpful. Major share of this program is borne by government grant. The work carried in the centre is appreciated by the District TB Officer and strictly regular quality control is maintained
Blindness Control Program
Second Wednesday of the month is the camp days. With help of KBNIMS, Many elderly dependent people are helped and made to live an independent life.
Family Planning Program
Every Tuesday is the operation day and we have provision to operate ten men and women. This is a free service to the patient, This program is done with collaboration of the district family planning department. 200 operations are done per year. During the stay of the women we have arranged a series of counseling sessions for the women on personal hygiene, care of new born and children under five years of age, spreading of HIV/ TB, waterborne diseases etc. Other than the official sessions audio tapes and CDs are played on and off with education and spiritual matter.
Link Workers Scheme
Link workers Scheme started from 1st December-2013 in the villages numbering around 100 villages with a population of around 180,000, in Six Blocks of Gulbarga District. These include HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in the rural areas of the District, funded by GFATM, NACO and Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society. Now this program is continued for the year April 2016 to March 2017.
MAC AIDS Programme
MAC/AIDS started in the month of September 2014, in the Gulbarga Block, funded by Karnataka Health Promotion Trust Bangalore, under this program HIV/AIDS infected and effected children will be covered, conducting support group meeting, making them to receive available service from Government/private sector and providing them psycho-social support.