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Bad roads add to the agony of patients

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Bad roads filled with potholes in the government hospital premises in Salem, Tamil Nadu, adds to the pain of patients. — PHOTO:E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
Bad roads filled with potholes in the government hospital premises in Salem, Tamil Nadu, adds to the pain of patients. — PHOTO:E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Poorly maintained roads connecting various blocks and wards inside the Salem Government Hospital has added to the pain of ailing patients. The Government Hospital and the Government Super Speciality Hospital in Salem attract patients from Salem and nearby districts in large numbers.

But over the last few months patients who come to the hospital and those accompanying them have a tough time moving from one ward to the other because of poorly maintained roads with potholes.

Some of the potholes are an inch deep and cover the entire road stretch.

“Each time my wheelchair rolls along these roads, I undergo extreme pain,” said a patient suffering a fractured leg.

“These roads have turned from bad to worse after the recent rain. Some stretches are completely muddy,” said R. Malarkodi, a relative of a patient.

Hospital authorities said that they had represented the officials in the Public Works Department to repair the roads. The PWD officials had submitted a proposal to the government seeking Rs. 95 lakh to properly lay the roads, the officials added. The priority would be to fill potholes and carry out minor repair works.

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