The letter said the hospital served 340 villages in the Mettupalayam region that included the Mettupalayam Municipality and the Karamadai and Sirumugai Town Panchayats. People from Burliyar in the Nilgiris also took treatment at this hospital that had more than 1,000 out-patients every day.
People injured in road accidents were brought to the hospital from Burliyar and Puliyampatti. Only after being provided with initial treatment or first aid here, the injured were referred to bigger centres in Coimbatore city.As the hospital in Mettupalayam did not have specialists in ENT, dermatology and orthopaedics, the patients had to travel to Coimbatore city. The State Government should appoint these specialists immediately, Mr. Varadarajan said in the letter.