Adena's Family Medicine - Main Campus is now open at the north entrance of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe. The clinic is part of Adena's Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, where physician residents training in the GME Family Medicine program deliver quality patient care.

The new clinic is located inside the Adena Health & Wellness Center, immediately on the right after entering the Adena campus from SR 159.

"Having our Family Medicine Residency Clinic located in its own location creates an environment that mirrors what residents are likely to experience in their future practices," said Dr. Edward Onusko, Family Medicine Residency Program director. "Our residents will be actively involved in managing the practice, which includes continually finding ways to better serve our patients."

While a teaching environment for the physician residents, the Adena Family Medicine - Main Campus clinic provids a full spectrum of primary care for patients of all ages - from new borns to seniors. The clinic is staffed by family care physician residents and attending physicians with decades of experience are onsite to provide oversight and advice to those in training. Every patient has the benefit of having both a physician resident and an attending physician, giving patients twice the level of care in one visit.

The newly-renovated clinic offers patients better access to primary care, with onsite parking and ease of access in and out of the facility and Adena's campus. The clinic also includes space for physicians to hold group meetings and areas for group education sessions for patients with similar health care needs, such as managing diabetes.

The clinic will host a free open house on Dec. 13 from 3-6 p.m. for the community to tour the new facility and meet the physicians and staff. The first 100 people to attend the open house will receive a special giveaway item.

The decline in leprosy cases in the city is misleading because cases are either not being reported or patients are turning to alternative medicine like ayurveda, say doctors.

Only 457 cases of leprosy were recorded this year, according to the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), down from 477 cases in 2016 and 565 in 2015. Dr. Raju Jodkar, assistant director, DHS, said, “Of the 457 cases, 331 were detected by us during a survey. The rest were reported to us after patients sought medical help. The stigma attached to leprosy prevents most people from seeking medical help, and many approach underqualified practitioners.” He said the actual number could be much higher, as some cases go undetected despite regular door-to-door and neighbourhood surveys.

Whenever a serious case is detected, the DHS conducts neighbourhood surveys to check for more cases, covering around 200 households. The DHS has 11 units working for leprosy, of which four are run by the State government, one by the BMC and five by NGOs.

Dr. Waman Bhatki of the Association for Leprosy Education Rehabilitation and Treatment, India (ALERT India) said the number of registered patients has gone down as many of them are turning to homeopathy and ayurveda. “Allopathic treatment is the only way to treat leprosy,” he said.

“If not treated by qualified doctors, the disease can reach an advanced stage, leading to deformities. Patients also put people around them at risk of infection,” Dr. Amita Pednekar, medical superintendant, ACWORTH Municipal Leprosy Hospital, Wadala, said.

Dr. Vivek Pai, secretary and director at NGO Bombay Leprosy Project, “It’s very important for leprosy patients to seek help. Besides medical care, it also gives an accurate picture of the problem in the State.”

Dr. Jodkar said, “The government should allocate more resources for surveys, particularly in slum pockets and the city’s outskirts.”