Taking care of tribals

Extending help

Extending help  

THE SPECIAL Task Force, formed to nab the forest brigand Veerappan is also into helping the tribals in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by way of medical care, logistics, infrastructure and education.

In this regard, a medical camp was organised by the STF of both the states at Mattahalli tribal hamlet in Karnataka that benefited about 2,100 tribals from nearly 20 small tribal hamlets.

The camp was organised with the help of G. Kuppusamy Naidu Memorial Hospital and Sankara Eye Society from Coimbatore under the direct supervision of the Additional Director General of Police and Chief of TNSTF, K. Vijay Kumar, and Inspector General of Police heading the Karnataka STF, Jyoti Prakash Mirji.

The Dean of the GKNM Hospital, N.B. Amresh, led the medical team.

The tribals were screened for ailments and given medicines. Those who required referral medical care were sent to Sankara Eye Hospital at Saravanampatti in Coimbatore and to the GKNM Hospital.

As many as sixty patients were operated upon for eye ailments at the Sankara Eye Hospital while nearly 20 patients with other ailments were brought to the GKNM Hospital. The tribals assured to stand by the STF in accomplishing its mission, STF officials pointed out.

By Palaniappan V.S.

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