MP urges Centre to set up ESI hospital in Villupuram district | Chennai News – Times of India


VILLUPURAM: Villupuram MP D Ravikumar urged the central government to set up a 100-bed Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) hospital in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.
In a memorandum dated June 3 and addressed to Union minister of state (independent charge) (labour and employment) Santosh Kumar Gangwar, the MP said Villupuram district with a population of about 24 lakh does not have an ESI hospital. He urged the minister to set up a 100-bed ESI hospital in the district at the earliest.
He cited Gangwar’s announcement in 2019 that the ministry would establish an ESI hospital in every district of the country and that the Centre would maintain all the ESI hospitals.
He said there are many ESI hospitals in many states including Karnataka that extend excellent medical services to the people during the time of the pandemic. He regretted that Tamil Nadu, a state with a population of eight crore, has very few ESI hospitals. All the ESI hospitals except one at K K Nagar in Chennai are maintained by the state government.
“As you know that the medical facilities have become the primary need for people during this pandemic. The need for government hospitals is very high among the poor. ESI clinics across India are doing a tremendous job in meeting the health needs of the workers,” he said in the memorandum.

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