Tamil Nadu to provide medical help to tribals of Attappady

Kerala and Tamil Nadu hold secretary-level talks to arrange for patients to be referred to Coimbatore Medical College

By M Suchitra
Published: Sunday 14 July 2013

Kerala government has decided to seek the help of Tamil Nadu in giving specialised treatment to the tribal communities in Attappady. 

Principal secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, Rajeev Sadanandan, has said the state will approach its neighbour for an arrangement to provide specialised treatment to tribals referred from hospitals in Attappady to the nearby Coimbatore Medical College in Tamil Nadu.

In a press conference held in Agali, the headquarters of the Attappady tribal block panchayat, on July 9, Sadanandan said that Kerala and Tamil Nadu have held secretary-level meeting to discuss the matter.  Kerala government will bear the expenses for the treatment of tribal patients from Attappady to Coimbatore Medical College.

A large number of tribals in Attappady depend on hospitals in Coimbatore since proper health care services are not available in the block.

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