Thiruvananthapuram

Govt promises aid to Patrick Fernandez

Government officials on Tuesday visited the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and Hospital and promised all assistance to Patrick Fernandez, the fisherman who suffered a mild stroke while fishing in the sea last Thursday.

Mr Fernandez, who was sharing bed space in Ward No:1 with another patient, was also allotted a full bed, Sub Collector K. Imbasekar, who visited the hospital said. “We have assured all help to him and his family,” Mr Imbasekar said.

Officials visit

Officers of the Fisheries Department, IMD, and the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Board visited Mr Fernandez on Tuesday. The family members also received a call from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office.

A 2017 cyclone Ockhi survivor and rescue worker during the 2018 floods, Mr Fernandez suffered a mild stroke while fishing with his brother some 20 km off the Thumba coast.

Although he tried contacting various government agencies from his mobile, they were unable to help. Finally, he was rescued by other fishermen.

Though he was admitted to the medical college hospital on Thursday night, he was initially allotted space on the ward floor. Later, he had to share bed space with another patient.

Mr Fernandez’s plight made news as none of the government agencies, including the Fisheries Department, had bothered to contact him since his rescue.

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