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Squatters continue to have a field day at government hospital

COIMBATORE: Pavement dwellers have again begun camping throughout the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) campus.
They pose a danger to the sufferers, defecate in the open and occupy the gap meant for bystanders and parking, mentioned medical institution authorities, who have sought assist from the Race Course police to evict them.

On Monday afternoon, a man and 3 girls settled down at the medical institution pavements. When two safety guards and a ward in-charge from the centenary construction confronted them, they mentioned they were the family of a affected person admitted in the medical institution. But, this kind of affected person was once not found in the medical institution records. What adopted was once a tussle between the guards and the encroachers, who refused to depart where.

The selection of pavement dwellers squatting in the medical institution has greater during the last two months, a security guard mentioned. “Police do not take strict motion and despite the fact that they do, the squatters come back after two days. The problem has grow to be worse after the summer set in. They want the medical institution pavements as there is a roof over their head. Every time we direct vehicles, now we have to make sure these other people don’t get run over or injured,” he advised TOI.

The medical institution had sought police assist a number of occasions, dean B Ashokan mentioned. “Even despite the fact that the officers remove them, the squatters transfer to the bus forestall in front of the medical institution and come back after a few days. They get affordable food from the close by Amma canteen and on occasion even from NGOs that offer food to bystanders. The NGOs don’t refuse anyone who need food.”

Doctors mentioned the pavement dwellers regularly get inside of wards and sleep on empty beds. “They additionally defecate in the open and dirty the campus. They are also a security danger to sufferers and bystanders in the GH, where there is a paucity of area,” a health care provider mentioned.

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