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LIFE SUPPORT: Collector Santhosh Babu handing over the appointment order to Valli, wife of a terminally ill person, in Krishnagiri on Wednesday. - Photo: N. Bashkaran
LIFE SUPPORT: Collector Santhosh Babu handing over the appointment order to Valli, wife of a terminally ill person, in Krishnagiri on Wednesday. - Photo: N. Bashkaran

Staff Reporter

Medical care given to physically handicapped, terminally ill

Krishnagiri: The Krishnagiri district administration has set upon an innovative idea to provide specialised medical care to the physically disabled and terminally ill patients belonging to the Below the Poverty Line (BPL) families.

The programme does not end with providing assistance to meet their transport and other expenses.

There is a system to follow up the treatment provided for these poor patients.

The district administration has been proposing many of these patients to undergo specialised treatment in the Government Medical College Hospital, Salem, and Madras Medical College Hospital, Chennai.

Preference

Preference is being given for the physically disabled and terminally ill patients on all grievances day meetings.

Collectorate officials verify the genuineness of the candidates on the same day and assist them to go to a multi-specialty hospital.

A letter from the Collector accompanied by the patient's case history is also sent to doctors concerned to take necessary action.

"Till date more than 100 such patients have been provided with immediate relief ranging from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000 based on their economic status. The district administration has so far spent Rs. 1.23 lakh under the Collector's Discretionary Fund for the purpose," Collector Santhosh Babu told The Hindu .

More than 30 physically disabled persons were provided with calipers and artificial limbs at a cost of Rs. 75,000 at Jain Trust Hospital in Chennai recently.

A bus was arranged for this purpose. In fact employment was also being provided for family members of terminally ill patients.

A surgery was performed on Kumar (34), a washerman, suffering from a heart ailment at Government Medical College Hospital, Chennai. He was advised complete bed rest.

With poverty playing spoilsport Kumar found it difficult to make ends meet. Kumar's wife Valli (25) was appointed as a noon-meal assistant in the Namalgunda anganvadi centre. Similarly, surgery was performed on Kannappan (11), a Nadaswaram player, for hydrocele. He could not go to school because of abject poverty.

The district administration relaxed the rules and granted widow pension to his mother to support his educational pursuits.

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