Tripura,Agartala: IGSSS along with partner organisation JUST conducted three medical camps for the displaced Bru Community living in the rehabilitation camps in Naisingpara, Ashapara and Hazacherra.
Presently, the camp residents are suffering from malaria, cough, measles, boil and various other skin diseases in all the seven relief camps. Even after repeated requests to the concerned Government Department, health camps are yet to be organised for the inhabitants of the relief camps. Approximately, 43 persons have died between 1st June to 5th August, 2014 in all seven relief camps.
The medical camp organised by IGSSS was an effort to detect malaria affected people, provide them immediate treatment and also to attend to all other patients suffering from various ailments such as viral fever, diahorrea, stomach ache, cold and headache. Around 701 people, aged between 10 months to 80 years, from three relief camps attended the medical camp. Amongst them, 450 underwent blood test for malaria and 9 of them tested positive.
Over 79 people have died of malaria in Tripura in the past two months, said a senior official of the state health department. Health officials said that the epidemic has affected children already suffering from lack of immunity and malnutrition.
“Till today we have 46, 375 cases means till 9th August, since 14th June. I am distressed, I am pained really to say that we have lost 79 precious lives and most of them are children. It’s really painful,” said Dr. P Chatterjee Assistant Director of Health Department and Officer in-Charge of the Malaria Monitoring Cell. Most of the deaths occurred in tribal-dominated areas since mid-June till date, and the state has been battling a malaria outbreak that has claimed lots of lives, mostly of tribal children.
The condition is much pathetic for the Internally Displaced People (IDP) from the Bru community living in the temporary relief camps in the state. They are living in subhuman conditions in the camps without access to basic amenities such as clean water, electricity and sanitation facilities. There is also limited access to Public Health Centres (PHCs). Government apathy is also responsible for the community living in such dismal condition for years now.
Approximately, 50, 000, Bru’s were displaced from Mizoram following an ethnic conflict in 1997. They took refuge in the rehabilitation camps in North Tripura. Though few families were rehabilitated but many still continue to live in the camps. IGSSS with likeminded institutions is lobbying for legislative reforms and repatriation through networking with the district administration in affected areas of Tripura and Mizoram.
Source: Business Standard and Times News