Staff Reporter

Submits memo to Government highlighting their deteriorating health

VISAKHAPATNAM: Expressing concern over the recurrence of diseases in 11 tribal mandals of the district every year, Jana Vignana Vedika (JVV), a forum working for scientific temper, urged the State Government to initiate steps before illness took a heavy toll.

Incidence of malaria, gastroenteritis and hookworm infection was widespread from May to August, said JVV in a memorandum sent to the Chief Minister. The number of tuberculosis patients was also increasing because of malnutrition. In Koyyuru mandal alone 61 tribals were suffering from the disease, it said.

JVV general secretary T. Kameswara Rao listed out the steps to be taken, the main one being providing clean drinking water. The other measures he suggested were fogging and spraying of malathion to control mosquitoes, posting adequate number of health assistants and doctors and providing medical vans to move patients to hospital, ensuring availability of the required medicines, supplying 20 kg rice and 5 kg pulses and grams to each tribal family, conducting health camps to increase awareness and improve transport and communication to ensure accessibility to remote tribal villages and habitations.