Staff Reporter

Plan to be implemented in a phased manner

Centre has allotted Rs.100.89 lakhs and State Rs.62.56 lakhs for the projectSeparate lavatories to be built for boys and girls in all Government schools10 toilet complexes to be built in different parts of the district

PATHANAMTHITTA: District panchayat president Appinazhakathu Santhakumari has said Rs.163.45 lakhs have been sanctioned for implementing various sanitation schemes as part of the second phase of the total sanitation programme, jointly sponsored by the Union Government and the State Government, in the district.

Ms. Santhakumari said the Centre had allotted Rs.100.89 lakhs and the State Government Rs.62.56 lakhs for implementing various sanitation schemes as part of the project.

She said the District Health and Sanitation Society had prepared a sanitation plan for the district and it would be implemented in a phased manner.

The district panchayat president said the fund would be utilised for constructing separate lavatories for boys and girls at all Government schools and to provide sanitation facility at all State-runaAnganawadis.

She said a total of 10 toilet complexes would be built in different parts of the district, besides providing sanitation facilities for select individual beneficiaries belonging to below poverty line (BPL) category.

The society would soon launch awareness and training programmes for teachers and students on sanitation during the current academic year.

Meanwhile, a meeting of people's representatives and district-level heads of various departments decided to launch the `Clean Kerala' project aimed at curbing the possibilities, if any, for epidemic outbreak in the district during monsoon on June 29.

District Medical Officer N. Damodaran said a medical surveillance unit was set up at the District Medical Office to check outbreak of epidemics and water-borne diseases, and conduct periodic awareness programmes in different parts of the district.

Dr. Damodaran said that laboratory facilities had been extended to all Government healthcare centres in the district, including primary and community health centres, to conduct free serum examination for leptospirosis and dengue fever cases.