Nedunkerni OPD reopens, residents resettle

[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 March 2001, 17:36 GMT]
The OPD of the Nedunkerni hospital reopened Wednesday after more than three years, according to reports reaching Vavuniya. The peripheral hospital was mostly destroyed and thousands of families in this Vanni town were rendered refugees overnight when the Sri Lanka army captured the general area of Nedunkerni from the Liberation Tigers in May 1997, during the first phase of Jaya Sikurui, the biggest military operation ever attempted by Colombo. The Tigers retook Nedunkerni, 42 kilometres northeast of Vavuniya, in November 1999. More than a thousand families have been resettled here since January this year after extensive clearing of anti personnel mines (APLM) in the town and its hinterland, government officials in Vavuniya said.

All public amenities and buildings were completely or partly damaged or destroyed when the SLA moved into the area in May-June 1997.

The OPD was reopened to meet the urgent medical needs of the families who have resettled and those who are coming back, according to them. In former times, the Nedunkerni peripheral hospital had male, female and maternity wards, an OPD and a dispensary.

The OPD is has to function in a small section of the dilapidated buildings of the mostly destroyed hospital, sources said. Rebuilding or renovating the hospital or any of its units is well nigh impossible because the government has banned cement and all building material to the Vanni under the decade long embargo on the region.

Officials at the Vavuniya Kachcheri said that Colombo has given the green light for gradually restarting the administrative machinery of the Nedunkerni region in view of the large number of people who have resettled there.

Aid agency sources who had visited the area recently said that thousands of APLMs had to be removed over a large area before large scale resettlement was possible.

 

Latest 15 Reports
15.03.19 21:02   Photo
TNA hierarchy backs controversial Sinhala extremist project at Jaffna entrance
14.03.19 22:36  
STF commandos torture Tamil man in Batticaloa, victim held incommunicado
13.03.19 14:11   Photo
Tamil parties failing to single-mindedly demand genocide justice, more dangerous than ITAK
12.03.19 17:28   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala Buddhicisation of 40 more locations in Mullaiththeevu
11.03.19 17:33   Photo
118 Muslim families demand occupying SL Navy to release their lands in Mannaar
10.03.19 18:34   Photo
Colombo sabotaging mass grave investigations and Tamils learning lessons on ‘hybrid’ paradigm
09.03.19 17:11   Photo
Manipulations at work to nullify NPC-evolved identity to Eezham Tamils food court
08.03.19 20:24  
Occupying Colombo set to grab 227 acres of private lands in Vali North in Jaffna
07.03.19 21:10   Photo
Intelligence establishments poised to escalate religious fundamentalism in Mannaar
06.03.19 17:29   Photo
Sinhala ‘emperor’ monk wants Muslims expelled from Arisi-malai in Trincomalee
05.03.19 19:42   Photo
Tamils mark Shivaratri at base of hill seized by SL Archaeology Department in Trincomalee
04.03.19 14:18  
Ranil's ‘development’ of North-East is divide-and-rule imposed on Tamils
03.03.19 18:05   Photo
Protest continues beyond two years at Keappaa-pulavu in Mullaith-theevu
02.03.19 11:09   Photo
Desecration of Sivalingam by SL Archaeology Department sparks tension in Trincomalee
01.03.19 21:52  
Colombo wants to mark ancient villages in East as ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ villages
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=5862