Villagers in Trinco suffer without medical facilities-TNA MP
[TamilNet, Sunday, 25 May 2003, 17:07 GMT]
The remote villages in the Trincomalee district have not been provided with
proper medical facilities and people undergo untold hardships in getting
prompt medical treatment, said Tamil National Alliance (TNA)parliamentarian
Mr.K.Thurairetnasingham in a letter to the Minister of Health, Nutrition
and Welfare Mr.P.Dayaratne, sources in Trinco said.
Recently a seriously ill pregnant woman from Pattithidal village in Muttur
was brought to Trincomalee general hospital in an ambulance sent from
Trincomalee itself as the ambulances in Killiveddy and Serunuwara hospital
in Muttur division had gone out of order, sources said.
No action has been taken by the authorities concerned to repair the vehicles, sources said
Mr.Thurairetasingham has asked the Health Minister to provide two
ambulances to each hospital in Muttur division, Killiveddy and Serunuwara to transport
patients to Trincomalee general hospital which is more than one hundred
miles away from Muttur, sources said.
Costly drugs in Killiveddy hospital are getting damaged daily because of
irregular electricity supply, as these drugs have to be kept in
refrigerators. Mr.Thurairetasingham told the Minister to provide a
portable generator to the Killiveddy hospital to be used in emergency
situations when the electricity supply by the Ceylon Electricity Board is
disrupted, sources said.
Killiveddy hospital serves four villages in the area. However a mobile medical clinic is conducted in the other three
villages twice a week by the Department of Health.
Mr.Thurairatnesingham has pointed out to the Health Minister that
conducting mobile service twice a week would serve no useful purpose. The
only way to alleviate the sufferings of the people in these villages is to
reopen the Eachchilampaththu government hospital, which is close to these
"Furthermore the Eachchilampathu division has about thirty villages with a
population of more than twenty thousand. The Eachchilampathu hospital is
the only medical institution in the division. The newly renovated
Eachchilampathu hospital has been closed for want of a medical officer for
more than a decade. The people of Eachchilampathu division are now
compelled to travel several miles to go to Muttur or Serunuwara hospital
for medical needs," said Mr.Thurairatnesingham in the letter to the Health
Minister, sources said.
The TNA parliamentarian appealed to the Health Minister to take immediate
steps to reopen the Eachchilampathu hospital by posting a medical officer
and to provide adequate number of ambulances to hospitals in remote
villages such as Killiveddy, Serunuwara and Pulmoddai in the north of
Trincomalee district, sources said.
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