Palakkad: CPM will be forming a panel under public health expert Dr B Ikbal to study the health problems of tribal population in the Attappady areas of Palakkad district, in the backdrop recent deaths of several infants due to malnutrition.
This was disclosed by CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan after visiting some of tribal hamlets in the area, where malnutrition deaths had been reported in recent weeks.
After studying the issue in depth, the panel would draw up some recommendations and submit them to the government for follow-up action, Vijayan told reporters.
Vijayan said the UDF government had failed to tackle the issue seriously even after it had become evident that the tribes people in the area were victims of failure in providing public health services like pre and post delivery care to mothers and children.
Also, the victims' families had not been sufficiently compensated, he said. At least five infants had died in the area mainly due to malnutrition in the last two months.
Taking a serious note of the matter, the Government had recently held a high level meeting to step up healthcare services in the area.