THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Despite high infant mortality rate and miscarriages continuing to haunt tribals in the Attappadi region even with the Centre/state funds pouring in, the Common Review Mission (CRM) under the National Rural Health Mission which visited the state last week has expressed satisfaction with the state of affairs, saying that everything was being done in the tribal region and funds have been properly utilised.
It is alleged that the Common Review Mission, which basically conducts a critical review of the situation of a state, has not conducteda proper study and the very purpose of it had been lost. Even after reports of about 100 infant deaths in Attappadi in the last one-and-a-half years, the Common Review Mission says that there is no major issue to be addressed and there are only minor issues in the region.
Sources said that if the claims of Common Review Mission were true, then the infant deaths and miscarriages would not have happened. It seems that the Central team was not concerned about the issue or the state- level officials had not presented the issue properly before them during their visit, sources said.
Deputy Commissioner, Union Ministry of Health, Dr Sushma Dureja, who led the CRM team, said: “Steps have been taken and are being implemented in Attappadi. We visited various blocks, taluk hospital, CHC in Palakkad. The region has certain drawbacks when compared to other regions,” she said.
When asked about the infant deaths at Attappadi, she said that many aspects such as tobacco use by women can be attributed to the problem. “As such children are born small and there are chances that these babies are malnourished,” she said.
With regard to the utilisation of funds, Sushma said that it was being properly utilised. When pointed out that the government as well as the Opposition had alleged that the funds were not properly utilised, she said: “All the funds have been utilised in a proper manner.”