All polling booths in Karnataka to have first aid kits

Mysuru, May 10 (UNI) The Election Commission will provide first aid kits, first time in Karnataka, to all the polling booths for the May 12 Assembly elections.

Mysuru district administration has done all necessary steps to provide timely medical aid to the needy, especially in view of scorching heat as election is being held at peak summer. Besides, in each taluk hospitals, five beds have been reserved to treat any emergency during the time of polling, official sources said.

The first aid kit will have six different medicines including tablets for fever, cold, allergy, antiseptic band-aid and ORS packets. Apart from this, in each taluk two squads, which include doctor and nurse, have been formed to attend to emergencies.

Even the administration has instructions have also been given that no staff including doctors and nurses should take leave during elections. If the patient needs additional medical care, they will be shifted to the taluk hospital concerned or to any well equipped private hospital nearby.

In all 2800 polling booths across the district, additional 1000 first aid kits have been kept in stock. The EC has also instructed the state government to promptly attend to the medical needs of the electorate and duty officers. Best possible medical care will be provided during the election.

The officials also mentioned that this was the first time that first aid kits were being made available at all the polling booths across the district.

About 24.93 lakh eligible voters will be voting to elect their representatives for the state Assembly at 2687 polling booths on May 12. Apart from voters, nearly 11,000 government employees will be involved in the election process.