Palakkad: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh and Chief Minister oommen Chandy Thursday visited Attapady in Palakkad district to have an on the spot study of the health scenario in the wake of infant deaths due to malnutrition in the recent days.
Ramesh, who met the villagers of Paloor hamlet in Attapaddy during a visit to the hamlets in the district, enquired the problems faced by them in the health sector.
He asked the State government to launch an anti-alcholism campaign in the tribal hamlets of Attapaddy in the district. He also asked the villagers to quit drinking liquor.
Ramesh asked the state government officials accompanying them to start an anti-liquor campaign immediately in the area.
According to official figures, as many as 28 tribal children had died in the last six months alone due to various health problems including malnutrition, poor health of mothers and failure to provide prompt pre and post maternity medical aid.
Taking a serious view of the situation, state government had announced a package to improve the health delivery system in the area.