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Chronic tiplers’ delay in seeking medical help caused high fatality rate says Health Min at Salem

Chronic tiplers’ delay in seeking medical help caused high fatality rate says Health Min at Salem

Reluctance among long-term alcohol drinkers to seek immediate medical help has been identified as a contributing factor to the high fatality rate in the Kallakurichi illicit arrack incident said Mr. Ma. Subramanian, Tamil Nadu's e Minister of Health and Family Welfare after assessing the ongoing treatments at Salem GH on Friday night.

In the aftermath of the tragic illicit arract incident in Kallakurichi, the minister visited the affected patients at Puducherry JIPMER Hospital, Kallakurichi Government Medical College Hospital, and Salem Government Medical College Hospital to assess the ongoing treatments.

Ma. Subramanian reported that the incident has impacted 168 people, including nine women and one transgender individual. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister swiftly deployed a team, including Minister Subramanian, the Director of the Tamil Nadu Health System Program, and the Director of Medical Education, to ensure adequate medical response. A health team led by the Deputy Director was formed to admit patients suffering from symptoms like watery eyes and stomach irritation.

To date, 48 people have died due to the incident: 25 in Kallakurichi Hospital, three in Puducherry JIPMER, 16 in Salem Government Medical College Hospital, and four in Villupuram. Among the deceased are three women and one transgender individual.

Minister Subramanian highlighted that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister sent the Youth Welfare and Sports Development Minister to distribute financial relief of Rs.10 lakh to each family of the deceased. Additionally, 67 doctors from nearby districts, including Tiruvannamalai, Trichy, Salem, and Villupuram, have been deployed to Kallakurichi Medical College Hospital. Over 200 medical staff are providing round-the-clock care.

Kallakurichi Medical College Hospital, originally a 600-bed facility, has added 50 extra beds to accommodate the influx of patients. Specialized treatments for methanol poisoning, including systemic nasal intubation, intravenous glucose, ethanol injections, hemodialysis, and ventilator support, are being administered.

Currently, Puducherry JIPMER Hospital is treating 16 patients, with eight in stable condition and eight critically ill. In Salem, 31 patients are admitted, with 23 stable and eight critical. Minister Subramanian plans to visit Salem next to meet the victims and assess their treatment.

Minister Subramanian, alongside Tamil Nadu Health System Project Director Mr. Govinda Rao, JIPMER Hospital Director Mr. Rakesh Aggarwal, and other medical professionals, ensured that all possible measures are being taken to provide optimal care to the affected individuals.