Nearly 70 people from TN and Karnataka treated at Wayanad hospitals after lockdown

Nearly 70 people from TN and Karnataka treated at Wayanad hospitals after lockdown
news Coronavirus Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 20:19

The stand taken by Wayanad District Collector Dr Adeela Abdullah, has garnered much appreciation. 

Ever since the inter state borders in the country were closed due to the nation wide lockdown, Kerala and Karnataka governments were on logger heads. Though Karnataka had disallowed the entry of patients from Kerala’s Kasaragod for more than a week, the issue was finally resolved on Tuesday. While the furore over this was going on, another Kerala district had allowed people seeking medical aid from two of its neighbouring states.

Wayanad that shares borders with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, has allowed around 70 people from the border villages of the neighbouring states, to seek treatment from hospitals in the district. 

The stand taken by Wayanad District Collector Dr Adeela Abdullah, has garnered much appreciation. 

“Many had been depending on Wayanad for medical facilities for a long time. Along with the patients, one bystander will also be allowed to stay in the hospital,” a Times of India quoted the Collector.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that about 29 people from Bairakkuppa region of Karnataka and 44 people from the border villages of Tamil Nadu, had sought treatment in Wayanad in the last few days. 

Speaking to TNM, District Medical Officer Dr R Renuka said that people from the border villages of the neighbouring states are dependant on both the government as well as private hospitals in the region. 

“Mostly they approach the government hospitals in Sulthan Bathery and Kalpetta. If they require special care, they are being referred to other hospitals,” said Dr Renuka. 

Meanwhile, certain Primary Health Centres (PHC) in the border regions of Wayanad have seen a decline in the number of people from villages of neighbouring states.

Officials of Mullankolly PHC told TNM that no one from Karnataka villages had come to them since the lockdown. “The Karnataka villages are on the other side of a river, since there is no boat service now, nobody is coming,” said Dineshan, a Junior Health Inspector.

Karnataka government had initially blocked people from Kasaragod district as it is one of the COVID-19 hotspots of Kerala. Kasaragod also has the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the state with over hundred under treatment currently. The issue which was taken up in Supreme Court, was resolved on Tuesday with Karnataka informing that non-COVID-19 people with medical emergencies will be allowed to pass through Thalappady border to hospitals in Manguluru.