Backward tribal hamlet in Kerala to get better health facility

PTI, August 29, 2022, 09:24 IST

Attappadi, one of the largest and most backward tribal hamlets in Kerala, will soon have an exclusive Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for children as part of the state government’s efforts to ensure better facilities health care for marginalized children.

Health Minister Veena George has given instructions to prepare critical care for children at Kottathara Tribal Specialty Hospital here by September 15 and an administrative sanction had already been given to allocate Rs 7 crore to the overall development of the hospital, official sources said.

The minister, at a joint meeting of the Departments of Health and Women’s and Children’s Development on Sunday, also gave instructions to expedite steps in this regard and elevate the local hospital to institutional status. advanced health care for women and children, according to a statement. .

George’s instructions came in the wake of continued infant mortality reported among tribal children in Attappadi due to various health issues and the demand for more advanced health facilities in the area.

The minister ordered the chief medical officer of Palakkad district to investigate the complaint that patients are being unnecessarily referred from Kottathara hospital, he said.

Anganwadi workers, Kudumbashree activists, tribal promoters and health workers should intensify activities on the ground, she said, adding that special attention should be paid to pregnant women and children in the hamlets.

The possibility of incorporating ethnic specialties into the nutritional plan of tribal populations would also be explored.

The aim of the initiative is to bring the tribal community to fully benefit from all the benefits of the government program, she added.

One of the latest child deaths reported in Attappadi was that of a newborn baby in Sholayur shortly after birth on August 7, sources said.