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Dec 05 2016 (11:58)  Railways plans emergency aid centres at small stations too (
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CHENNAI: Smaller stations, not just major facilities in or near urban areas, will soon have access to emergency medical aid at railway stations in the state. Southern Railway plans to open emergency medical care centres at the divisional level in other stations, especially in growing cities, on the back of encouraging response to the scheme from private medical hospitals.
Southern Railway currently provides the facility at 14 major stations. Of these, Chennai division has the most centres (five), at Chen nai Central, Egmore, Tambaram, Jolarpet and Katpadi.But Trichy hay soon upstage Chennai division, which has drawn up plans to set up emergency medical aid centres in seven more stations. The division already has a centre in Trichy junction and recently inaugurated
another one in Thanjavur station, which is managed by Meenakshi Mission Hospital.
"We are going to open centres in Kumbakonam, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai stations by the end of December," a senior official said. In the pipeline are centres in Cuddalore, Pondichery and Villupuram, cities with big hospitals. The zone has many stations that are connecting points to pilgrimage destinations and temple towns, on routes frequented by senior citizens through the year. Many of these patrons have sent the railways petitions to demand basic medical care at these stations, officials said. The railways will also spruce up stations in Thanjavur with photographs of temples and historical events, this especially for foreign and out-of-state tourists in Tamil Nadu. Apollo Hospitals operates Chennai Central's medical centre and SRM Hospitals looks after the facility in Egmore.
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