Monday, March 3, 2014

Our wrong notions on security and crowd control!

I've often wondered as to whether we, as a people, are in consonance with the actual meaning and the extent to which 'security' must be practised. I've touched upon this aspect earlier too, when all security considerations are thrown to the wind to accommodate 'VVIPs' and people use their 'connections' to get past difficult(?) situations.

I've been in a hospital's environment for the past ten days. The hospital has a good reputation and what I'm particularly impressed is the overall standard of cleanliness and hygiene that's maintained all over. There's a reason to it too - the number of visitors, the number of attendants per patient and the hangers on are restricted to a bare minimum. The visiting hours are between 10 and 11 AM and 4 to 5 PM, restricted to one visitor per patient. To my mind, it's a very sensible rule and it should be followed in letter and spirit!

Today, we're informed that we're gonna have a couple visiting Lekha tomorrow and since, I was aware of the restriction in the numbers, I'd approached the security staff about giving us special permission to let them in. And I was aghast when, much to my surprise, the person very matter-of-factly told me to use my pass for one of our guests!

Perhaps, the young lady at the reception counter was being nice and trying to help me out. But she seemed to lack the understanding of security and the connected restrictions and I couldn't take advantage of her ignorance. Obviously, the people down the line have not been educated about the related ethos which beats the very purpose of security. I'd put my foot down, raised the level and met the Public Relations Officer, to settle the issue once for all by getting the additional passes.

Our perception of security can never change, so it seems!


It was with shock and sadness that I'd absorbed the news about the sudden passing away of Dr Mayooranathan, the Surgical Specialist, who had given valuable medical advice and Lekha's still undergoing a course of medicines prescribed by him. He was away on a conference in Hyderabad where he'd suffered a massive cardiac arrest. His body has been flown in and the last rites is scheduled for tomorrow.

A thorough gentleman, without the usual airs, who was ready to offer help on the couple of occasions that we'd met him and when I'd offered him his consultation fees, he'd told me that he'd compensate for it when he'd visit us socially. That has been his unfinished promise! And what we remember is that he'd opened up on his life's story when we'd met him last on 11 Feb and he'd particularly warmed up to the fact that Lekha's first doctor was the late Lt Col Achuthan Kannampilly because they'd joined the Army Medical Corps together on the same date and were course mates!!

RIP, Dr Mayooranathan sir! Our tears, prayers and salutes to a thorough professional and a fine human being. We shall miss you. May your family have the strength to tide over these difficult times.     

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