The Kanekal hospital is known for its Primary Care services. This covers meeting the day-to-day health care needs of people. Health education is provided to patients and their families twice in a week at the hospital premises, and outreach workers conduct health camps in village community schools on a monthly basis to impart knowledge about various diseases and prevention methods.
General topics like disease, taboos and misconceptions, importance of proper diet – especially for postnatal women and children, and personal hygiene are covered. Details about why adherence to treatment and regular follow-ups with the hospital are vital are also explained. Risk factors or complications related to Hypertension, Cerebrovascular Accident, Myocardial Infarction (MI), etc. are explained to adults. The idea behind conducting these various camps is to make people capable of early detection of symptoms and mobilise those in need of medical attention to visit the hospital at the earliest.
At the hospital and camps, basic blood investigations are done for testing HIV/AIDS, and if a person is found RV positive they are counselled about safe sexual methods, hygiene, etc. and sent to ART centres for further treatment.
Treatment for poisoning cases – a common occurrence in rural areas – is given in the form of stomach wash and necessary antidote administration.
Since 2003, a radiologist is visiting the hospital weekly twice. In each visit he attends around 50-60 patients and takes approximately 25-30 different types of scans across the Obstetrics and other departments.
Patients suffering from Hypertension, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Upper and Lower Respiratory Infections, Acute Fevers, Chronic Disorders, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, TB, HIV/AIDS, and Skin Diseases are treated here.
In the casualty ward, general first aid is administered and various conditions are treated, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Exacerbations, Asthma, Congestive Heart Failures (CHF), Hypertension Crises, Acute Myocardial Infarction (MI), Cerebrovascular Accidents (Stroke), Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Hyperpyrexia, Dengue like Fever, Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE), Poisonings (usually insecticides and weed killers), Scorpion Sting and Snake Bite Cases, Convulsions, and Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER).
A Medical Officer is on call 24×7, and the support staff necessary to provide preliminary intervention to arriving patients. In case intensive care is required, the patients are further referred to other hospitals.