In order to tackle the menace of malnutrition in tribal areas, especially during monsoon, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has issued a diktat to put all the necessary arrangements in place on priority.
Fadnavis chaired a meeting on Saturday with all the concerned departments to discuss the issues like providing medical aid in these areas, to tackle malnutrition related deaths and waterborne diseases among others.
Once the monsoon is at its’ peak, government machinery loses connectivity in tribal areas making it difficult for them to reach the interior parts of the villages. State government face difficulty in providing medical aid, as manoeuvrability is not possible during rains. Due to lack of medical aid, and in order to contain the spread of waterborne diseases, Fadnavis has asked the officers to prepare an action plan and to put it in place on priority.
Doctors working in tribal areas fail to report on duty causing chronic shortage of medical staff in tribal areas. To curb this, Fadnavis has also asked the state health department to increase the payment of the doctors who are ready to work in these interior areas.
The biggest matter of concern is the shortage of healthy food items for children and pregnant women in these areas. Fadnavis has asked the food supplies department to make necessary arrangements before the monsoon sets in.
In order to provide immediate medical aid to the villagers, the state government is also contemplating to deploy more ambulances in tribal areas.