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It is women's turn to keep vigil over District Hospital

To beef up the security at the District Hospital, Aluva, the hospital authorities have appointed three women gatekeepers, reportedly assigned by the Kudumbashree Mission, at the main entrance of the hospital.

Published: 28th October 2013 08:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2013 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

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To beef up the security at the District Hospital, Aluva, the hospital authorities have appointed three women gatekeepers, reportedly assigned by the Kudumbashree Mission, at the main entrance of the hospital.

So far, the security of the hospital had been handled only by men. Concerns have been raised as to whether the women would be able to meet the security standards maintained by the men before. When the issue was raised to the hospital superintendent Dr Surya, she said that women could manage the security, as their duty only involves controlling visitors for a couple of hours in the morning, when the number of visitors is usually high, as it is the time for outpatient consultations. The security women are expected to open the gates for vehicles that come to the hospital and check passes at times, she said. No untoward incidents have been reported, ever since the women have taken charge, Surya added.

The gatekeepers were of the opinion that physical strength would not be the mere necessity for keeping the security. They said that intelligence can work better than physical strength.

Complaints about certain anti-social elements taking over the hospital verandah and sleeping there at the night have been rampant for a time. Dr Surya said that as long as the laboratory is far inside the compound, the visitors cannot be controlled beyond certain limits. But with the appointment of the Kudumbashree women, the problem could be controlled better, she said.

Visitors also seem to believe that more security can be expected as women appear to be strict and not vulnerable to outside pressures as well as palm greasing.



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