A total of 147 differently abled children were screened at a free medical camp organised by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) under a component of Children with Special Needs here on Wednesday. Collector Ashish Kumar inaugurated the camp at C.V. Government Higher Secondary School in Tuticorin in the presence of Chief Educational Officer K. Jeyakannu.
A team of doctors including ophthalmologist, psychiatrist, ENT specialist and orthopaedician screened the children. This was the first camp organised in the Tuticorin Urban limits in 2013-14. Stating that such medical camps would be organised in all blocks until August 23, he appealed to the needy to benefit from them.
Under the SSA, 13 day care centres were functioning for the differently-abled children with special teachers taking care of the children, he said. National Identity cards were given to 33 children during the first camp and 30 other children had been identified to be provided with aid and appliances such as hearing aid, rolator, corner chair, caliper, tricycle.
During the previous year, a total of 1, 277 children were screened in such medical camps conducted in all blocks across the district. Of them, 270 children were provided with national identity cards and 111 children were given aid and appliances. The children also took part in the entertainment programmes witnessed by their parents. T. Rathinam, District Educational Officer, Tuticorin, M. Rajamanickam, DEO, Kovilpatti, M. Senthil Kumar, Media Documentation Officer, SSA, were present.