Krishnagiri GH ill-equipped to handle emergencies

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A bandaged man with blood stained vest is lying on the floor with his head resting on the foot of an IV stand on the corridor of the emergency ward. With visible head injury, he is unable to rest his head on the hard floor and is compelled to keep his head at a higher angle on the curvature of the stand’s foot. Similarly, a few other injured, including women, are lying on the floor with injuries. This was the scene at the Government Headquarters hospital in Krishnagiri on Monday, soon after a State-owned bus and a lorry involved in a collision killing four persons and injuring 34 people.
The emergency ward of Krishnagiri Government Headquarters Hospital is a tale of apathy in itself. The Krishnagiri Highway is often in the news for accidents. However, the hospital’s emergency ward does not have bare minimum infrastructure, as basic as adequate number of beds, to accommodate accident victims.
This was a similar sight in 2016, when 20 people died and more injured in a bus-lorry collision. Even then, the patients were laid on the floor, even as ambulances kept returning with victims from the accident site.
The hospital operates as a referral centre, while the injured bear the brunt of the lack of bare minimum medical infrastructure.
Incidentally, even as District Collector S. Prabhakar inspected the emergency ward, a man and a woman were made to share a single bed. There has been a long-standing demand for an emergency accident care hospital in Shoolagiri, since both Hosur and Krishnagiri government hospitals are several km away and are ill-equipped to provide emergency care. The demand had stemmed from the realisation that the time taken for transport of victims from the accident site to the government hospital in Krishnagiri, and from where the victims are referred to Dharmapuri and Salem are critical hours that could be used to save the victims.