The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) has alleged that the government and community leaders are focusing on the ‘irrelevant fight for power’, instead of attending to the exigencies of monsoon epidemics.
The state government should be vigilant to prevent communal consolidation, the KCBC demanded. Expressing concern over the situation, the council said the government had failed to manage the situation. These observations were made at the three-day monsoon session of the Bishops’ Council that concluded on Thursday. The Catholic Church expressed its willingness to join hands with the state government to prevent the spread of diseases.
“Instruction has been given to the managing committees of 451 hospitals under the Catholic Church to actively take part in the efforts of the government to prevent these diseases,” it said. The bishops urged the government to look into issues faced by special schools.
“The government has the responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of specially-abled people also,” they said. It was decided to encourage organ donation among the faithful. Fr Roy Matthew Vadakkel was appointed the coordinator of special schools under the KCBC and Fr Mathew Jacob Thiruvalil was appointed as the secretary of Youth Commission.