Attapdi; the need for constant checks on tribal groups despite welfare schemes

KERALA: The financial aid for pregnant women in a tribal group of Attapadi, pending since March due to the restrictions imposed by the financial department. Though restrictions were dropped, women in the region couldn’t access financial aid.

Many women including, Geethu, a resident from the region said that she haven’t received single money from the financial aid. Once the application was sent and the only reply received was, I will get the money once the funds arrive.

Geethu’s disclosure concern was Rs 2,000 given every month for 18 months to pregnant women for nutrition’s food from the first trimester onwards. “Janani Janmaraksha” was the scheme through which money was availed, but she never received a single penny.

Geethu finds it very difficult to bear the loss of her infant, caused by malnutrition. In the meantime, another application submitted while being pregnant reached the office concerned only a day after the death of the infant.

The health department now has launched a department to inquire about the recurring infant mortality in Attapadi. Additional director health service Dr PP Chitra head of the team is investigating the matter. Tribal Health State Nodal Officer and Assistant Directors of Health Services Dr Benoy S Baby and Dr Sreehari are part of the team.

Most of the tribal women in the area have concerns since they are unaware of women and child protection welfares.

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