Rehab centre for endosulfan victims

Rehab centre for endosulfan victims

The minister told reporters here that the responsibility of running the day-care centre had been entrusted to the Dharmasthala Rural Development Project. A sum of Rs 25 lakh has been released to the Mangalore district administration for the purpose, she added.

As many as 375 children affected by the insecticide were identified in the region, she said, adding that the disabilities suffered by the children also affected the normal routine of their parents.

“The centre will be mainly for children whose parents are daily wage labourers. Around 200 families have been affected by endosulfan in this region alone. Parents are finding it very difficult to leave their children and go to work, or go about doing their daily chores,” Karandlaje said.

“In fact, I met a woman recently who hasn’t attended a single wedding after her child was born with disability. We want to make it easy for parents; the government plans to set up more such centres,” she said. The centre at Kakkada will be inaugurated on June 19 by district in-charge Minister Krishna J Palemar, Dharmasthala Trust’s Veerendra Heggade and Karandlaje. She said a new survey was being conducted to ascertain the total number of endosulfan victims in the State. Canara College, Mangalore, which is conducting the survey, has identified close to 6,000 victims.

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