The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Tuticorin, has demanded adequate facilities to set up an Employees State Insurance (ESI) hospital to serve the employees of various organisations here.

D.R. Kodeeswaran, secretary, ICCI, Tuticorin, said here on Friday that Tuticorin had several major industries, shipping companies, business establishments, educational institutions, a seaport and an airport, but there was no full-fledged ESI hospital.

Though ESI dispensaries were functioning at places such as Tuticorin, Authoor, Ettayapuram and Kovilpatti, they could not serve effectively the over 1,30,000 people visiting them.

A total of 50,000 employees of various organisations were covered under the Employees State Insurance Scheme across the district. He said the ESI Corporation had acquired five acres of land at SIPCOT area in Tuticorin for construction of the long-awaited ESI hospital, but there was no progress on the front.

Now, the ESI beneficiaries had to go to a few recognised hospitals to be admitted as inpatients, if necessary. Hence, the Chamber had sent a representation in this regard to the Department of Labour and Employment, Mr.Kodeeswaran noted.