Kerala government has announced that it will soon set up special clinics for transgenders in all government medical colleges in the state, to get medical help for issues specific to the community.

This follows a pilot initiative at Kottayam medical college, where an OP wing is opened once in every month for transgenders.

Under the expansion plan, the clinics are to function on the first Tuesday of every month at every medical college, with doctors from departments such as medicine, psychiatry, dermatology, endocrinology and plastic surgery.

The clinic will also have a para-legal volunteer who will provide provide legal help for the community members.

Transgenders will be provided health cards at these clinics. The government says it wants to develop these as centres where sex reassignment surgery facilities are set up in future.

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