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Need for better facilities at Kotagiri hospital

Special Correspondent


One lakh people dependent on the hospital

Number of doctors not sufficient, says Sangam


Udhagamandalam: The need to improve conditions in the government hospital at Kotagiri has been emphasised by the Porangadu Seemai Nala Sangam.

In a memorandum sent to Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, the general secretary of the Kotagiri-based association, A. Kari Gowder, pointed out that about one lakh people residing in one town panchayat and 11 village panchayats were dependent on the hospital.

Role

Since it was the only facility in the area to deal with medical emergencies its role was significant.

However, the facilities available in the hospital were inadequate.

Listing the shortcomings, he said that it was not equipped with a proper emergency wing and added that the number of doctors was not sufficient. Infrastructural facilities like quarters for doctors and nurses were also lacking.

He regretted that due to want of facilities, some heart patients had died.

Pointing out that emergency cases have to be referred to hospitals in Coimbatore, which was about 70 km away, he said that since it took about two-and-a-half hours to reach the place, often it was not possible to save the lives of accident victims.

He hoped that steps would be taken to convert the hospital into a model medical facility.

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