Survey: Chennai railway stations with limited medical care facilities

Even after, the Madras High court last year directed the Southern Railway to establish an emergency medical care centre for passengers at Railway stations, only a few railway stations in Chennai has emergency medical care facilities, said sources.

There are people who walk in and out of the Railway stations every day searching for better medical facility. Except Central and Tambaram stations very few stations have round-the-clock emergency medical centres, said sources pointing out the need for basic medical amenities at all railway stations.

Over the past three months, while the‘108’ ambulance has responded  a total of 80 calls from four railway stations, the emergency medical centre at Chennai Central has attended  600 passengers since its foundation on April 15, this year.

An official of the EMRI that takes responsibility of the 108 services said that in March there were 28 medical cases and nine trauma cases, which was followed by fourteen medical cases and eight trauma cases in the month of May. Though it is not easy to set up medical units at all stations, enhanced treatment for emergency patient at least could be provided, said the EMRI official.

The SRM institute for Medical Sciences this year launched round the clock free emergency medical centre at the railway station, after which a number of patients were treated with various illness.  Even a private hospital last month came forward to help the railways to set up a medical centre at Tambaram railway station which had emergency facilities and round-the-clock doctors as well.

However, other eminent stations like Egmore and Perambur were not provided with similar facilities. First-aid kits were available without doctors or nurses, said the official.

Referring to the need of a medical team to be present at all railway stations, T. Ravikumar, president of All India Rail and Bus Passengers Association said that even ten minutes delay can make the situation worse in emergency cases.