Special Correspondent

To demand upgrading of medical college hospital

TIRUCHI: The Federation of Service Organisations, an umbrella body of 32 consumer, residents welfare and service associations in the city, has decided to stage a road roko here on December 3 demanding to upgrade the K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital as a super-speciality hospital.

The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the federation. “We are pained to resort to the road blockade as all our previous agitations have not yielded the desired results,” the federation convenor M. Sekaran said briefing reporters on Tuesday.

The federation pointed out that though the Tiruchi hospital was previously selected by the Union Government for upgradation with an investment of Rs.110 crore, the project was subsequently shifted to the Salem Hospital. The federation had organised a series of agitations protesting the move.

The State Government had subsequently promised to allot funds for upgrading the Tiruchi hospital. But the Directorate of Medical Education has stated that there was no such proposal.

The Union Minister for Health Anbumani Ramadoss has recently announced that another super-speciality hospital would be set up in Tamil Nadu with Central funds. The Minister has said that the proposed hospital would be located in Madurai or Tiruchi.

Proposed hospital

The Federation demanded that the proposed hospital should be located in Tiruchi, as people of the city have been disappointed over the shifting of the original proposal.

The federation regretted the absence of a strong lobby to push for the development of Tiruchi. The federation would be strengthened further by roping in more voluntary and service organisations to work for the common cause of developing the city, Mr. Sekaran said.

Core committee

A ‘core committee for agitation’ has been constituted with representatives of 14 organisations to chalk out the agitation plans seeking the hospital upgradation. The federation members have also planned to get the support of the political parties.

The federation members were also planning to go on a fast if there was no positive response from the governments by December 3. The federation has appealed to the residents to participate in large numbers in the agitation as a show of solidarity for the cause.