Staff and doctors’ shortage denies proper treatment to the poor and downtrodden who visit the upgraded District Headquarter’s Hospital in Pennagaram in Dharmapuri district, decries N. Nanjappan, Communist Party of India M.L.A. representing Pennagaram constituency here on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Health Festival and the Awareness Exhibition on Small Family at the Government Headquarter’s hospital in Pennagaram, Mr. Nanjappan said in spite of up-gradation, there were not enough doctors and other subordinate staffs were appointed to the hospital by the government, the M.L.A. alleged.

Due to this, the hospital is still in the state of a Block Medical Centre. There is no waiting room facility for the visitors and attendants of the patients at the hospital.

The District Headquarter’s Hospital should have fifty doctors including specialists, whereas only six doctors were working, thus denying proper treatment to the hundreds of poor and downtrodden people thronging the hospital. During night time, the hospital looks like ``Devils Paradise’’, the M.L.A. adds.

Mr. Nanjappan also alleged that some vested interests were trying to grab the District Headquarter’s status of the hospital to somewhere else in the district.

Population explosion could be curtailed only through the means of self-control. Development could be achieved through scientific thinking not through birth, control, he opined.

On January 12, this year, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, then opposition party also staged a demonstration in front of the Pennagaram Government Headquarter’s Hospital led by its Organising Secretary S. Semmalai.

The taluk hospital in Pennagaram was hurriedly upgraded just before the by-election held in March 2010 by the then Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government. But the party lost in the 2011 assembly election to the CPI.

Inaugurating the Awareness Exhibition on Small Family, Collector R. Lilly, administered the pledge to mark the World Population Day.

She also gave prizes to the student winners in the eloquent competition on ``Population Control’’. Over 100 men and women participated in the function.