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Migrant labourers: NGOs pick holes in health department claims

Published: 13th June 2013 11:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2013 11:59 AM   |  A+A-

Trade Union activists and NGOs have countered a claim by the health department that there is a systematic improvement in the living conditions and health indices of migrant workers in the district.

Speaking to ‘Express’, Haseena Muhammed, DMO said that significant achievements in the health sector are seen in the comparatively low number of cases of fever reported among migrant labour population. 

“We feel that the success is remarkable. This is especially true in the case of controlling vector borne diseases. In 2012 the district reported 108 cases of malaria among migrant workers. Now in the midst of 2013, the district reported only 20 cases. We could create alertness among migrant workers by several medical camps and sensitisation programmes,” she said.

She also pointed out that health inspectors are conducting regular inspections in the residential areas and work sites. But a close scrutiny of the dynamics reveal that there are still problems. S Krishnamoorthi, district joint secretary of the CITU, who is involved in organising migrant workers says that a large number of migrant workers are living in deplorable conditions. “The authorities do not have exact details of the workers. Most of the employers do not register all of their workers with governmental agencies,” he said.

Krishnamoorthi alleged that authorities do not inspect work sites on a regular basis. “The accommodation facilities of the workers have not improved despite hue and cry. The most neglected area is sanitation.



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