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Kilaivoor residents in dire need of PHC

Staff Reporter

Forced to travel over 25 km even for minor treatments


People depend on a sole State-owned bus to reach Chengam

Bad roads worsened transportation problem


JAMUNAMARATHUR: Residents of Kilaivoor in Jamunamarathur block of Tiruvannamalai district suffer owing to the lack of a Primary Health Centre (PHC).

Kilaivoor, which received the ‘Nirmal Grama Puraskar’ for cleanliness, has a population of 10,000 and is located about 28 km from Chengam.

According to sources, the people are forced to go to the PHC at Paramandal, which is over 25 km away, even for minor ailments. Those with serious ailments have to go to the Chengam Government Hospital.

Residents alleged that the situation would get critical if pregnant women developed labour pain during odd hours.

They also said that the village nurse did not visit the area frequently. The only reprieve they got was when special health camps were arranged in the village.

The residents lacked awareness to properly represent their problems to the authorities concerned, the sources said.

According to the residents, it was difficult to take the patients to the hospital owing to a lack of adequate transport facilities.

They had to depend on a sole State-owned bus to reach Chengam. The bus timings were erratic and the service from the village was available only once in three hours. The bus timings was 7 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Private bus operators never preferred the route as the roads were in bad shape.

Residents added that if the bus to the village was under repair, no alternative bus was allotted for the village. The people had to wait till the vehicle was repaired. The district administration had not taken any steps to black top the road, which worsened the problem. One of the reasons for frequent breakdown of the bus was the poor road condition, they added.

A majority of the residents depended on agriculture-related activities for their livelihood.

The farmers had to transport their produce to the Chengam market. They had to depend on private mini-lorry operators.

The farmers initially sold their produce in the weekly shandy. But at present this opportunity had been denied to the farmers owing to the lack of bus facility. The residents wanted the district administration to increase the bus service to Kilaivoor and also allot a separate ground for the weekly shandy.

The residents also said that there were no police stations at Kilaivoor.

To make complaints of any sort, the people had to go to the Chengam taluk police station. The district administration and the Police Department should at least set up a police outpost to help the residents.

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