The Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi inaugurated India's first dedicated Outpatient Department (OPD) for the transgender community on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday.
The initiative was started to alleviate the difficulties encountered by members of the transgender community in accessing healthcare services, largely due to discomfort and the fear of discrimination and social stigma.
At India's first dedicated OPD for transgenders, they will be provided with an endocrinology facility with hormone analysis and free hormonal treatment, a psychiatry facility with clinical-psychological assessment, and plastic surgery.
Also, dermatology, urology and paediatrics services and all related blood investigations will be made available at the OPD. And of course it will have gender-neutral/transgender washroom facilities.
Dr Ajay Shukla, the hospital's medical superintendent, inaugurated the special OPD and declared: "Government hospitals need to be accessible for every section of society and this is the motivation behind opening a separate OPD to provide healthcare services for the transgenders."
Well done India!!!
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