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GVMCH all set to get environmental facelift

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Rs.10 lakh utilised from funds of Patients Welfare Society



new look:Bushes being cleared at the hospital in Adukkamparai on Wednesday.

VELLORE: The Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH) in Adukkamparai is all set to get an environmental facelift.

Anaicut MLA M. Kalaiarasu, who visited the hospital recently, found that the open spaces surrounding various buildings on the sprawling hospital premises abounded in bushes. He asked the hospital authorities to clean the bushes, with the promise of getting sponsors for planting saplings in the vacant space.

He told newspersons at the hospital on Wednesday about the steps taken to clean the bushes on the premises. Medical Superintendent Meghalai said that a sum of Rs.10 lakh has been utilised from the funds of the Patients' Welfare Society of the hospital for engaging labourers to clean the bushes. Mr. Kalaiarasu said that he has requested G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University, and Sakthi Amma, head of Sri Narayani Peedam, to provide tree saplings for being planted in the hospital. National Service Scheme volunteers of schools and colleges would also be involved in cleaning the bushes and planting new saplings, he said. GVMCH Dean Ravishankar said that the hospital would also request the Forest Department to provide saplings.

Mr. Kalaiarasu wanted the hospital to take steps to implement a scheme for treatment of sewage discharged from the hospital into the drainage canals outside the medical college premises on Arni Road, and which reached the irrigation tank in Sabdalipuram where the sewage stagnated, causing health hazards to the residents. Dr. Meghalai said the hospital has formulated a proposal for Rs.75 lakh to the government for a sewage treatment plant. Land has also been identified for the purpose. Once the proposal gets sanction, steps would be taken to implement the same, she said.

The MLA urged the Medical Superintendent to take steps to ensure that doctors attended duty. He said that he had received complaints that some doctors were absenting themselves without taking leave, affecting the interests of patients. He wanted the authorities to take action to prevent unofficial absenteeism by doctors. Dr. Meghalai said that the doctors were being told to be regular in their duties. This was stressed at doctors' meetings, she said.

E. Sivakumar, Deputy Medical Superintendent, and R. Arunan, Resident Medical Officer of GVMCH, accompanied the MLA.

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