COIMBATORE: When Anita Evangeline, a person with hearing impairment, wanted to get an audiometry test done at the Coimbatore Government Medical College Hospital, she was asked to go to Tirupur.
The diploma holder went to the hospital because the test certificate will help her secure an engineering seat through the disability quota. Audiometry test measures the level of deafness.
The hospital authorities directed Ms. Evangeline to Tirupur because the ENT Department does not have an audiometrician. The post remains vacant for about a year now.
The challenged people, however, managed to get the certificates until recently, thanks to a speech therapist who also doubled up as an audiometrician. The therapist retired in March.
Since his retirement differently abled people are suffering because they are being directed to other Government hospitals, complains Surya Nagappan, who works at NGO U-DIS for persons with disabilities.
The certificate is also mandatory for such people to get quota benefits in Central and State competitive examinations.
Mr. Nagappan says the people are forced to go in for a fresh test because every recruiting agency has got a separate pro forma for filling-in the details and the latest test report is required.
According to hospital sources, the ENT Department has always been without an audiometrician except for a couple of brief periods.