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By D. Radhakrishnan
in Nilgiris district, has brought to light the poor living conditions of villagers, many of them "too ill even to sit''.
The Collector, Supriya Sahu, during her routine village visits in Manjoor area, walked into Bellathi Kombai, a "Kurumba'' hamlet with about 35 houses, five km from Manjoor. She was shocked to see many of the villagers were badly malnourished, and some women and children were suffering from "high fever''.
After medical personnel were rushed to the hamlet for examining the sick tribals, six of them including Meena (14) were brought to Ooty and admitted to the Government Headquarters hospital. While Meena died on Sunday, the others returned to their hamlet.
When contacted by The Hindu here today, Ms. Sahu said enteric fever was suspected to be the cause of death.
Wondering why none of the sick tribals had visited the Primary Health Centre, which was just a few km away, she said appropriate action would be taken against medical personnel and officials concerned for not keeping track of the situation at the hamlet.
A plan of action had been drawn up to ensure that the PHC doctors visited all such hamlets periodically.
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