The Attapadi tribal area was very much in the center of media for the poor health condition of the area. But now it is in the news mainly because of the political rivalry of the 2 opposite camps, for political showmanship. Both the camps were ruling Kerala almost by alternation. So one cannot point finger to the other, one section even calling Attapady as the 'republic of Hunger'.
However, now the situation is different, irrespective of what the politicians may say. With the participation of the district administration under the benevolent leadership of the Collector.The Government introduced a tribal health scheme by the name 'Giriswasthya' combined with a novel health insurance scheme. This has changed the health condition of the tribal for the better.
Ramanathan A R