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Mass contact programme for wards 54, 55

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Source : The Hindu Date : 30.06.2009

Mass contact programme for wards 54, 55

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Corporation will organise a special mass contact programme, ‘Makkalai Thedi,’ on July 4 for residents of wards 54 and 55 here.

Apart from petition pertaining to grievances related to civic amenities, applications seeking welfare schemes, including old age pension, marriage and maternity assistance, house site pattas and membership in welfare boards would be accepted. Applications seeking Corporation services such property tax assessments, new water connections and plan approvals would also be accepted.

Applications could be submitted in advance at the Office of the Junior Engineer at the overhead water tank complex at Woraiyur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from July 1 to 3. The programme would be held on the Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School campus at Puthur at 10 a.m. on July 4.

Transport Minister K.N. Nehru, Collector T. Soundiah, Mayor S. Sujatha and other officials would attend the camp, Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy said in a press release. Petitions received at the camp would be processed and acted upon immediately, he added.

Welfare assistance to residents of wards 59 and 60, who had submitted petitions at the previous camp, would be distributed by the Minister at a function to be held on the same day at the Cauvery Marriage Hall near Nachiar Kovil in Woraiyur.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 05:06

“Separate drinking water pipeline will be laid”

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Source : The Hindu Date : 30.06.2009

“Separate drinking water pipeline will be laid”

Staff Reporter

From Vaigai dam to supply protected water to drought-hit areas

HELPFUL: Revenue Minister I. Periyasamy giving away school books to students at R. Kombaipatti near Batlagundu in Dindigul on Saturday.

DINDIGUL: A separate drinking water pipeline would be laid from the Vaigai dam to draw water from it and to supply protected drinking water to drought-hit areas and ensure additional supply to Dindigul, said Minister for Revenue I. Periasamy.

He was addressing a function held at an upgraded high school at Kombaipatti near here Saturday.

The existing drinking water schemes were not suffice to meet the growing demand for drinking water and to cover drought-hit areas in the district.

A separate pipeline from the Vaigai dam for drinking water purpose will cover Batlagundu, Nilakottai, Kodai Road, Panchampatti and Dindigul.

(Already, the Dindigul municipality has been supplying drinking water through three water schemes – Cauvery combined drinking water scheme, Athoor Kamarajar drinking water and Peranai drinking water schemes.)

Drawing water from the dam through pipeline would minimise loss and illegal tapping on the way side, he added.

“We will insist the government on sanctioning this proposal soon.”

The government had already granted permission to upgrade 33 panchayat union primary schools in to middle schools in the district. Already, three middle schools were upgraded into high schools and four high schools into higher secondary schools. With upgradation of Kombaipatti middle school into high school, students, particularly girls, need not go to distant places to continue their studies. Such a measure would eliminate dropouts in rural areas, he said.

He also congratulated government schools that performed exceedingly well in SSLC and HSC exams held in March 2009. Chief Educational Officer L. Lakshmikanthen and Dindigul MP N.S.V. Chitthan and others spoke.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 04:57

Coimbatore village to be adopted for zero-infant mortality project

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Source : The Hindu Date : 29.06.2009

Coimbatore village to be adopted for zero-infant mortality project

K.V. Prasad

Focus on preventing cases of pneumonia


4 lakh children died of pneumonia in India every year

Health cards to be provided to children

COIMBATORE: A pilot project to create zero infant mortality zones across the State will soon be launched in Coimbatore district.

On a call from the Department of Public Health in the State, the Indian Association of Paediatrics (IAP) will adopt a village in the district to make it free of infant mortality, with the primary focus on managing and preventing cases of pneumonia, Director of Public Health S. Elango said here on Sunday.

With primary focus on pneumonia as the prime cause of infant mortality, the project would concentrate on preventing other diseases that threatened the under five age group, Dr. Elango told presspersons on the sidelines of a Pneumococcal Disease Conference, organised by the Indian Chapter of the Asian Strategic Alliance for Pneumococcal Disease Prevention and the IAP.

“This is a partnership programme of the Government and the IAP in which doctors of private hospitals can also participate,” he said. Even private drug manufacturers and suppliers could join this project by providing medicines and vaccines free of cost.

A village with poor socio-economic conditions, probably of tribals, would be identified soon, Joint Director of Health M. Duraikannan said. Health cards would be provided to children. These would contain the family’s economic, social and health status.

After the village was identified, a list of the children in the paediatric age group would be prepared and their health condition monitored. Pointing out that malnutrition was one of the major factors causing pneumonia, Dr. Elango said women in the village would be educated on the importance of breastfeeding.

With the State government already improving the conditions at Primary Health Centres to reduce maternal and child mortality, safety through institutional delivery would be another area of sensitisation.

Pneumonia led to deaths owing to acute respiratory tract infection. Therefore, local village health nurses would be educated on managing such cases. They would also be trained to sensitise villagers to the need for vaccination, nutrition and also refer cases to hospitals.

Dr. Elango emphasised the need for a comprehensive programme against pneumonia by pointing out that the disease was the prime cause of deaths in South-East Asian countries. Four lakh children died in India every year, of which 10,000 were from Tamil Nadu. The death rate in the State was in one every 50 minutes. Low birth weight and malnutrition were some of the major factors. External factors were pollution at home, exposure to cigarette smoke and lack of protection from cold conditions.

The State government’s Integrated Management of Newborn Care programme focused on checking neo-natal deaths. Under this, doctors in 385 block primary health centres had been trained in emergency newborn care. The centres were provided with baby warmers and the 108 ambulance service rushed infants in trouble to the centres in 25 minutes.

With the Government improving the conditions, staff strength and introducing 24-hour service at 1,533 primary health centres across the State, institutional deliveries had increased from 81,000 in 2005-2006 to 2.6 lakh in 2008-2009. With a ‘zero vacancy objective,’ government counselling was being held once in two months for doctors to fill up vacancies in rural areas. One such session would be held on June 30 to appoint 400 doctors, Dr. Elango said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 06:07

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