The Pudukottai Government Medical College Hospital, with the help of Pudukottai Municipality, has made special arrangements at its campus to provide succour for patients and visitors from the scorching sun.
A newly shelter has been erected at the campus and it is also equipped with four 500 litre drinking water tanks.
Speaking to The Hindu, AL. Meenakshi Sundaram, Dean, Government Medical College, Pudukkottai, said the plan was initiated after he noticed patients looking for shade while walking into the campus. “They would gather under the entrance arch. Noticing this, we got in touch with Pudukottai Municipality Commissioner Ravichandran, who responded immediately to install the water tanks.”
Appreciating the quick response from the municipality, he said: “The patients and visitors have been using the shelter since Monday and appreciate the drinking water facility the most. During peak hours, due to low humidity, one does not sweat and the body can get dehydrated quickly. So, a steady water supply is very useful.”
The hospital has also acquired a battery car to ferry patients from the bus stop at the entrance to the inpatient ward, which is a long walk away. “One is highly prone to heat stroke from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To reduce patients’ risk, a battery car has been deployed,” Dr. Meenakshi Sundaram said.
Two more cars would be brought in the next few days to meet the demand, he added.
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