Veena George: Special Consideration For Hospital Development In Tribal Areas: Health Minister Veena George said that Rs 11.78 crore has been allocated for the development of hospitals in the tribal areas of the state. Palakkad Kottathara Tribal Specialty Hospital 3 crores, Pathanamthitta Ranni Perunad Social Health Center 2.25 crores, Thrissur Vetilpara Family Health Center 1.50 crores, Wayanad Vaithiri Taluk Head Quarters Hospital 1.01 crores, Wayanad Peria Social Health Center 1.40 crores, Kannur Tillankeri Family Health Center 62.60 lakhs, Anti Rabies Clinics 1.99 The amount sanctioned is Rs. The minister also stated that this is a realization of the declared policy of the government to strengthen the health institutions in the tribal areas.
The funds were sanctioned to purchase a 16-slice CT scanning machine at Kottathara Tribal Specialty Hospital, which is adjacent to the tribal region. The funds were allocated for the construction of a new IP building at the Ranni Perunad Social Health Centre. The funds have been sanctioned for the new building of the Vettilappa Family Health Center adjacent to the Athirapally region of the Thrissur district. The aim is to make Betelpara near the tribal area a model family health center. The drug store will be renovated at Vaithiri Taluk Head Quarters Hospital. The funds were sanctioned for upgrading the OP at the Periya Social Health Center in Wayanad and for a new immunization block at the Tillankeri Family Health Centre.
The government attaches great importance to the development of the tribal sector in the state. A special intervention plan was prepared for Attapadi. In connection with 175 Anganwadis, a women’s association was formed under each Anganwadi named ‘Pentrika Koota’. 65.47 lakh has been sanctioned for upgrading the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kottathara Tribal Specialty Hospital. Construction of a 6-bed pediatric ICU at a cost of Rs.1.13 crore is in progress. All sub-centers in the Attappady region are being converted into Health and Wellness Centres. 7.40 crore has been sanctioned for setting up dialysis units and chemotherapy centers. Apart from this more amount was sanctioned.
Antenatal Tribal Homes were constructed at Batheri and Vaithiri in Wayanad at a cost of Rs 6.14 lakh each. These homes were built to accommodate pregnant tribals with their families and provide maternity care. Apart from this, Rs.20 lakh was spent on Mananthavadi T.B. The cell is also set. In Nulpuzha, which has about 45 percent tribal community, large treatment facilities have been set up. Robotic-assisted physiotherapy started at Noolpuzha Family Health Centre. ‘Pratiksha’ set up an antenatal shelter for tribal pregnant women.
Steps have been taken to start operations by allocating posts in Idamalakudi and Chattamunnar hospitals in Idukki. A comprehensive plan for the prevention of anemia including in tribal areas has been formulated. The campaign titled ‘Viva’ from Anemia to Growth gives special importance to the tribal sector.