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Displaced Tamil civilians find solace at Indian hospital in SL

The Tamil civilians uprooted from their homes and hearths due to fighting between Sri Lankan forces and now-vanquished LTTE were finding some solace at an Indian hospital in Chettikulam.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 11:55 IST

The Tamil civilians uprooted from their homes and hearths due to fighting between Sri Lankan forces and now-vanquished LTTE were finding some solace at an Indian hospital in Chettikulam.

Indian doctors are treating about 600 patients every day at the hospital, shifted to Chettikulam in Vavuniya to help the Tamils easily access to modern medical facilities.

As a 25-year-old internally displaced person (IDP), injured during the conflict between the Sri Lankan forces and the Tigers, lay at a bed resigned to his fate, the doctors examine the progress of his treatment.

"His leg had a bullet for more than a month and he was not even aware of it. If it had not been for the timely detection, his leg would have to be amputated. He is lucky that the bullet has been removed," a doctor said.

A delegation led by Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad, which also included media persons, was told by doctors that how several other patients also got a new lease of life after bullets were successfully removed from their bodies.

"The hospital staff are working tirelessly in Chettikulam. The doctors and other staff are doing an excellent job while treating the IDPs," Prasad said.

A 10-year-old girl was waiting to be operated upon after detection of a bullet in her body. A woman in a wheel-chair, who had suffered a shrapnel injury in her legs, was also seen waiting for treatment.