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Novel protest: Members of People’s Awareness Association, Chromepet, during their protest outside Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital in Chromepet on Friday. —
Novel protest: Members of People’s Awareness Association, Chromepet, during their protest outside Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital in Chromepet on Friday. —

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Chennai: Members of People’s Awareness Association, Chromepet, staged a novel protest outside Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital in Chromepet on Friday in support of their demands, including better facilities at the hospital’s accident and trauma care centre.

Members of the civic group tied bandages around their heads and gathered outside the main entrance holding placards pointing out to the pathetic condition of facilities at the accident and trauma care centre. They appealed to the government to intervene and provide necessary facilities for upgrading it.

A release issued by the residents said the 25-bed trauma care centre was built at the cost of about Rs.1 crore and dedicated at a function on July last year. However, in the past eight months, neither was the centre provided with all the necessary equipment to handle emergency accident cases, nor were adequate doctors and paramedical staff appointed.

With the existing facilities, it was possible to provide only first aid to those injured while those seriously hurt were referred to specialty private hospitals nearby or the Government General Hospital in Chennai.

The residents said that the government, particularly the Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Directorate of Medical Education, should step in and appoint sufficient doctors.

The residents were led by V. Santhanam, K. Subramanian and D. Devaraj, president, secretary and treasurer of the association respectively.

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