Several representatives of people’s organisations at a round table deliberated on the health vagaries of the tribal people in the Agency areas in the context of impending rainy season and appealed to the district administration to take steps to pre-empt an outbreak of diarrhoea and malaria this monsoon.

Noted consumer activist and former DMHO Rama Rao said that the seasonal diseases dogging the Girijan community every year was scabies, malaria and diarrhoea apart from nutritional disorders. Andhra Medical College vice-principal N.N.N. Raju impressed upon the NGOs to accord top priority to create awareness on health and hygiene among the tribal people and added that small measures taken by the people will go a long way in disease prevention.

Jana Vignana Vedika district president K. Trimurthulu said that medical workers should focus on 700 high risk tribal villages and also on 121 hamlets in Dumbriguda mandal where TB and eye problems are common.