Govt doctor wins award for service to disabled patients
His work for disabled patients has earned Dr Vetrivelchezhian, director of Institute of Orthopaedics and Research, Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), the best doctor award from chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on the Independence Day.

Vetrivelchezhian said his aim was to make the life as easy as possible for his patients. “I have only five years left of my service. I want to ensure that our service gives all the support for a disabled patient coming to our hospital to become independent, get confidence and even earn a livelihood.”

One of his initiatives is an exclusive outpatient centre for children with clubfoot at the government hospitals on Thursdays. “I assign a PG student to a patient to follow up until the patient recovers. The cast is also rechecked by an assistant surgeon,” he said.

He has also moved the outpatient ward for disabled patients to a different room, as he didn’t want them to wait in queue with the normal patients suffering from joint pain and fracture.

“My last wish is to set up a prosthetic limb making centre within the hospital, so we can fit the limb and offer physio under one roof, instead of making them by depending on NGOs or the collectorate.”

The doctor completed his schooling in two Tamil medium schools - Sengunthar Mahajana Higher Secondary School and Krishna Vikas Elementary School. Vetrivelchezhian said as a student he had never thought of becoming a doctor. “In those days there were only two professional courses in our village - medicine and engineering. Since I studied science group with Biology and got admission to Stanley Medical College in 1983, I took it up.”After completing MBBS, it was a mix of his family situation and fate that sealed Vetrivelchezhian’s growth into an orthopaedic surgeon and finally the head of the department at CMCH.

Vetrivelchezhia said his initiative to make a difference in the lives of disabled patients began only after he joined CMCH. “I began noticing a large number of people becoming disabled after traumatic accidents, and polio and leprosy corrective surgeries. Many babies are born disabled. Over the years, I saw the families struggling with them while waiting in the queue. I kept trying to make small changes to make their life easier and healing more effective.” He said he wouldn’t have achieved this feat sans his wife, who stood by him through thick and thin

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/govt-doctor-wins-award-for-service-to-disabled-patients/articleshow/70693584.cms
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