- Functioning 1,368
- Without a doctor 0
- District hospitals with pediatrician 90%
- IMR in Tamil Nadu: 17
Source: Rural Health Statistics, NFHS, SRS
Three-year-old Manivannan (not his real name) swallowed a handful of iron tablets that his grandmother had left unattended. As iron toxicity coursed through his veins, his family rushed him to Thanjavur Medical College Hospital, 24 km from his home in Orathnaadu. The doctors met with limited success, so an ambulance sped him off to the best destination for childcare in the state, the Institute of Child Health (ICH) in Chennai.
Slowly, Manivannan’s breathing and pulse...