Flu epidemic among refugees

[TamilNet, Friday, 08 May 1998, 23:59 GMT]
S. Satchithanantham, head of Aalankerni Vipulananda Mahaviththiyalayam (school) told a school principles conference in Trincomalee this morning, that 35 families displaced from Upparu, 40 km south of Trincomalee, are camping in the school premises from March 18 without any facilities or a place to go to, said sources in Trincomalee.

The villagers were evicted by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on March 18, because, according to the SLA, Upparu could be used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a staging post for attacks on SLA camps in the area.

The villagers who took refuge in Aalankerni were promised rupees 700,000 by the Commissioner General of Essential Services (CGES) to build temporary huts and toilets, but the buildings are yet to be erected.

Besides, the flu epidemic that is ravaging the Trincomalee District has caused more than 90% of the refugees at the Mahaviththiyalyam to be taken ill, but no doctors or medical personnel have visited these refugees.

Mr. Satchithanantham told the conference that the refugees were using the school toilets, but with the influenza raging in the District and the general lack of hygiene of the refugees, he was forced to prohibit the use of school toilets for these persons.

They were now forced to use the scrub jungles nearby for their ablutions, he said.

W J Tissera, Secretary Ministry of Health, Northeastern Provincial Council (NEPC) said that a medical team would be despatched forthwith to attend to the sick refugees.

The displaced from Upparu staged a token fast last month before the Kinniya Divisional Secretariat demanding that they be allowed to return to their village.

They were assured by the Divisional Secretary that he would have a positive reply to their petition by the end of a month.

The villagers threatened to resume the fast if an answer to their problem was not found within this time.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.04.22 05:44  
தீவின் நெருக்கடிச் சூழலில் ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசம் கடைப்பிடிக்கவேண்டிய நிலைப்பாடுகள்
09.04.22 14:44   Photo
குறிதவறும் ஈழத்தமிழர் தலைமைகளுக்கு வரலாறு தருகின்ற எச்சரிக்கை
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
09.04.21 14:46  
English version not available
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1459