Medical arrangements in place for Sabarimala pilgrims: Sevabharathi
Sabarimala: Elaborate arrangements have been made at the government hospitals in Erumeli and Kanjirappally as well as the Kottayam Medical College Hospital to meet the medical requirements of Sabarimala pilgrims.
Two additional health officials have been posted at the Medical college to provide round-the-clock services in coordination with the Revenue department, informed Medical College Hospital superintendent Dr Tiji Thomas Jacob.
Volunteers of the Ayyappa Seva Sangham, Seva Bharathi and other NGOs also render their services to help pilgrims seeking medical assistance at the Medical College.
“The hospital is equipped to handle trauma cases and major accidents. There will be a special ward to treat the pilgrims. Adequate stocks of essential drugs have also been stored,” said the superintendent.
The health department has made arrangements to provide medical facilities to the pilgrims at Erumeli and Kanjirappally, said District Medial Officer (DMO) Dr Jacob Varghese.
“Round-the-clock medical care would be made available at Erumeli. A special intensive care unit and a dispensary have been set up at the government hospital here. An ambulance would be available 24 hours a day at Koyikkakadavu near the entry point on the traditional forest route.
A temporary dispensary has also arranged adjacent to the temple in Kalaketty. At the accident-prone Kannamala Valavu, a high-tech ambulance service would attend to the emergencies round the clock. Adequate drugs have been stocked under the supervision of the Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd. A cardiologist has already been posted at the Kanjirappally taluk hospital to provide emergency care for heart ailments,” said the DMO.
Facilities at railway stations
The Pilgrim Centre at the Kottayam railway station has proved to be of great help for the pilgrims. Toilets and basic sanitation facilities are available at a nominal rate. However, the pilgrims are troubled by the heavy rush at the counters. The unified fare structure for taxis, which is being displayed as directed by the RDO, has helped to stop cab operators from charging higher fares.
Free food distribution
The daily free food distribution to the Sabarimala pilgrims has begun at the Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple premises. The dish comprising porridge, green gram and pickle is being served after the Deeparadhana ritual every day. The Thirunnakkara Sri Krishna temple authorities have also launched a mid-day meals scheme. Organisations such as the Seva Bharathi, Ayyappa Seva Sangham as well as major temples in the region have also started providing free food to the pilgrims.