MANGALORE: Plans are afoot before the Arogya Raksha Samiti to rejuvenate the 85 year old jail ward in the Government Wenlock Hospital in the city, which is the only jail ward in Dakshina Kannada district.

A proposal to construct a new building for the jail ward was sent in 2012, but it has not been commenced yet. A new proposal of Rs 1.5 crore has been sent to the government for the construction of 10 bed jail ward at the hospital.

Jail ward is necessary as the District Jail, which houses more than 300 undertrials, has no medical facilities. The present jail ward, which is constructed in 1927, ails from several infrastructure lacunae and the building is in a deplorable condition.

District surgeon and Wenlock Hospital superintendent Rajeshwari Devi said that Karnataka State Housing Board has prepared a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore to construct a new jail ward. “A discussion regarding the construction of new jail ward was held with the health department commissioner and it has been decided to submit a proposal to the government. Since the present building is located near the Hampankatta main road, it has been decided to construct the building in another vacant place inside the Wenlock Hospital compound,” she said.

Mangalore City South MLA JR Lobo said that a meeting of minister for health and family welfare UT Khader, district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai, people’s representatives and officials will be held soon to discuss about the proposal. “All matters related to the development of Wenlock Hospital will be discussed in the meet,” he said adding that the date will be confirmed after communicating with the minister.

Courtesy: Times of India