Across the road on stretchers and wheelchairs

Published: 30th November 2016 01:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2016 02:59 AM   |  A+A-


A patient being wheeled across the Madras-Bombay Trunk Road, from one part of the Walajah Hospital to the other, on Tuesday | S Dinesh

Express News Service

VELLORE : It’s a busy day and the vehicular traffic is high. Daily-wage earner S Muthu’s destination lies 100 feet away on the other side of the thoroughfare, but he is wary of the task at hand. He has to gingerly push his wheelchair-bound mother, banking on the mercy of the motorists, to take her to the Old Building of the Walajah Hospital to get a CT scan done.

Muthu is not alone in the ordeal as the 100 feet that separate the Old Building from the New Block on either side of the road are a thorn in the flesh for hundreds of people who throng the Walajah Hospital daily.

While the new block was added to the hospital to cater to the increasing number of patients, constructing it on the other side of the busy Trunk Road, without factoring in the conveyance aspect, puts at risk hundreds of lives each day. Due to the absence  of a foot overbridge or a subway, the patients and caretakers are forced to snake their way between vehicles to move from one building to the other.

Equating the arduous task of crossing the road to a nightmare, Muthu, a resident of Kalavai village, says, “My mother suffers from a spinal cord problem and has no one else to take care of her. I have to take her to the Old Building for a CT scan and am wary of using a stretcher as it would be difficult to negotiate the traffic with it. Who knows what would happen if a vehicle rammed the stretcher!”

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