The tribal areas that are based around the forest areas are known to be breeding grounds for tropical diseases predominantly malaria. And monsoons are the seasons known to spread tropical diseases. But none of the residential schools for the tribal children that are run by the government have nurses forget about the doctors.
There are two types of schools for the tribal children, Gurukulams and ashrams. Sadly they carry no features for their names.
The Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educations Society (TTWREIS) controls 71 gurukulams while the Tribal Welfare Department controls 269 ashrams. 1, 11,000 tribal children are in them.
None of these have a provision for medico or a paramedic. The TTWREIS sanctioned an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) each for the 71 nurses. 13 are permanent for some centers while 9 are have no ANM’s. There is information that the ANM’s duplicate as doctors and administer medicines to the sick children. But since there is no other method of treating the sick, they follow this. Sources say that students don’t get clean drinking water.
The officials said that they have raised a complaint a number of times asking for the RO purifiers or computers, boards etc and that a proposal for Rs. 150 Cr was raised for acquiring them.