Mangaluru, Jan 1, 2015: Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim has instructed the Medical officers of Primary Health Centres to visit the 186 bed-ridden Endosulfan victims in the district within one month and submit a report regarding their health condition.
Speaking at the progress review meet of the Endosulfan Victims Rehabilitation Programme held at his office here, the DC gave the above instructions to the doctors of 47 Primary Health Centres in Endosulfan affected areas.
Earlier District Malaria Control Officer Dr Arun informed that a total of 3,107 Endosulfan victims have been identified in Dakshina Kannada district. He also gave information that as many as 20 victims in Bantwal, 19 in Mangaluru, 70 in Puttur, 20 in Sullia and 57 in Belthangady are bed-ridden. He said since the past nine months monthly pension provided by the government is being distributed to the victims and added that 23 of the victims have died during the period.
He also stated that out of the 3,107 identified Endosulfan victims, 2615 are eligible for pension provided by the government.
Peer Mohammad. President of the Action Committee against Endosulfan, while pointing out that Endosulfan patients are being presently rehabilitated at the two day care centres at Kokkoda and Koila, suggested the construction of a permanent rehabilitation centre.
Responding to this demand, the Deputy Commissioner said a suitable land needs to be first identified for the purpose.
ZP CEO Tulasi Maddineni suggested the formation of a committee constituting members of Endosulfan victims.