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Government Siddha College raises a stink

P. Sudhakar
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Gross mismanagement is the cause, says Collector

Surprise check:Collector C. Samayamoorthy inspecting the house surgeons' quarters at Government Siddha Medical College in Palayamkottai on Friday.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
Surprise check:Collector C. Samayamoorthy inspecting the house surgeons' quarters at Government Siddha Medical College in Palayamkottai on Friday.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

The Principal and the Resident Medical Officer of the Government Siddha Medical College at Palayamkottai were caught off guard on Friday morning as Collector C. Samayamoorthy conducted a surprise check of the hospital.

Noticing three uncovered overhead tanks , the Collector rebuked the two officials, saying: “it is gross mismanagement that has kept the entire premises in a bad shape”.

“A Collector need not tell you the need to keep the premises hygienic. Both of you should come to the Collectorate and meet me,” ordered a visibly upset Mr. Samayamoorthy at the end of his inspection.

The Collector inspected the hospital on Friday after eight students tested positive for dengue

The Collector was unhappy with the condition of the doctors quarters and ordered new furniture to be provided, along with ceiling fans. “It should be converted into a decent place to live in,” he said.

Mr. Samayamoorthy asked the PWD officials to provide doors to three of the five toilets in the house surgeons’ quarters.

“Though you’ve got 20 conservancy workers, the entire premise is stinking. I expect you to change this situation within a week with the manpower you have,” the Collector told principal Chandra Mohan Das.

He also ordered Resident Medical Officer Suresh Kumar to ensure adequate water supply to the college and to the hospital following complaints from students.

The Collector asked PWD officials to sort out the problems at the students hostels within a week.

Commissioner, Tirunelveli Corporation, M. Seeni Ajmal Khan, Deputy Director of Health Services, S. Uma, City Health Officer P. Muneeshwari and Assistant Commissioner of Palayamkottai Zone, L.K. Bhaskar accompanied the Collector during the inspection.

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