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India may expand hospital facility in Lanka war-zone

world Updated: Mar 24, 2009 15:48 IST

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India, which has set up a hospital in Sri Lanka's embattled north to provide medical aid to displaced Tamil civilians, may expand the 115-bed facility to accommodate more patients.

The Indian authorities are considering expanding the 115 bed set-up near the Eastern Trincomalee district in the event of an increase in the patients from Wanni.

Meanwhile, the life of a Tamil civilian was saved by timely intervention of Indian doctors, brought a glimmer of hope for persons running away from LTTE-Lankan Army conflict.

The incident occurred recently when the patient coming from Wanni brought in to the Indian hospital with fears of being already dead was treated successfully by the team of Indian doctors. Patients are moving towards government held areas in Mullaitivu.

"Pulmoddai was thought to be the best location for setting up the hospital as it was near Mullaittivu from where the IDPs patients would be coming in," an official said.

A 52- member Indian medical team left for Pulmoddai near the Trincomalee from Colombo on March 11 to open a health centre and a hospital to treat the Tamil Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) coming from the war zones in Wanni.

The hospital started functioning two weeks ago and has already treated many patients.