The Kerala government has started a new initiative to set up clinics exclusively for transgender people in all medical colleges of the state. The clinics will also be able to carry out sex-change surgery in the state-run medical colleges.

The state government’s decision will go a long way in providing basic facilities for the transgender community. The clinics will cater to thousands of transgender people in the state,

As the transgender group struggles to be fit into the mainstream, this is a welcome step. The clinic plan was charted out according to the state Transgender Policy. The policy was unveiled for the first time in the country in 2015.

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State health minister K K Shailaja has said, “We are planning to open Transgender Clinics in all government medical colleges in the state.. We have also plans to provide facilities for their surgery at least in two medical colleges,” PTI reported.

According to the statement, the transgender clinics will be set up in all government medical college hospitals soon.

A pilot clinic has been set up already at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital

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“It is a fact that transgender persons are not getting timely and adequate treatment. These clinics will provide them support for their healthcare. 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,” said the health minister, TOI reported.

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Currently, the out patient wing at Kottayam opens once every month. They are also planning to keep it open on the first Tuesday of every month when doctors from general medicine, psychiatry, dermatology, endocrinology and plastic surgery when would be available for consultation for the transgender people.

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