Anaemia: Child Rights Panel Issues Directive
Taking serious note of the prevalence of sickle cell anaemia among women and children in tribal hamlets of Wayanad, the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has directed officials in the district to ensure adequate treatment to those suffering from the disease.
The cases came to the Commission’s notice during a recent visit by a high-level team led by Commission Chairperson Neela Gangadharan to the tribal settlements in Wayanad district.
The Commission found that a child suffering from sickle cell anaemia was sent home from the Tribal Hospital in Meppadi. The Commission directed the District Medical Officer, Wayanad to conduct medical checkups in all adivasi colonies within a month to check the disease.
The Commission also directed officials to ensure that inmates of the tribal hostel in Meppadi are provided adequate bedding and other facilities. On a complaint from the local people that the distribution of ration items was not being done properly in Chooralmala adivasi colony, the Commission directed the District Collector, Wayanad to look into the issue and resume ration supply within 15 days.
The Commission also directed officials to shift the Government Children’s Home at Chitramoola, which is currently functioning in a dilapidated building, to a rented premises nearby.