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Ramdoss to declare Chandiroor as ''first Siddha village''

Written by: Staff
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Kochi, Sep 2 (UNI) Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss will declare Chandiroor village in Alappuzha district of Kerala as the ''first Siddha village in the country'' at a function on September five.

Announcing this at a press conference here today, Swami Jyotirmaya Jnana Thapaswi, president of the Thiruvananthapuram-based Santhigiri Ashramam, said Chandiroor would be the first village ''adopted'' by the Santhigiri Siddha Medical College to launch a comprehensive Siddha treatment programme.

He said the propagation of the ancient Indian system of Siddha on a global scale was the ambition of Navajyothisree Karunkara Guru, the founder of Santhigiri Ashramam.

Chandiroor being the birth place of the Guru, Santhigiri had decided to adopt the village and launch its comprehensive Siddha treatment programme from there.

As part of the programme, medical survey teams from the Santhigiri Siddha Medical College had done a survey of Chandiroor village last month. Of the nearly 3,000 families living in the village, 2,300 patients had been identified and their ailments documented.

Living in a low-lying, damp area, the villagers were found to be suffering from various health problems, including rheumatism (25 per cent), respiratory problems (20 per cent), skin disorders (15 per cent), diabetes, piles and hypertension (five per cent each) and others.

A considerable number of people were also found suffering from thyroid problems and filariasis.

As part of the three-year-programme, a team of doctors from Santhigiri Siddha Medical College will conduct a medical camps at Chandiroor every month to assess the condition of the patients and distribute the necessary medicines.

All the patients in the village will be issued ''health cards'' in order to receive the treatment and continue follow-up.

An awareness campaign will also be started on maintenance of personal hygiene and proper sanitation, simple purification methods of drinking water, management of occupational hazards, mosquito control and role of medicinal plants and diet regulation for healthy life.

The ultimate aim was to set up a Siddha hospital permanently in the village, he said.

Apart from the Siddha Medical College, Santhigiri Ashramam had also set up the Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru Research Centre for Ayurveda and Siddha at Uzhavoor in Kottayam district. The centre has been set up on the property donated by the Late President K R Narayanan and his sister K R Gowriamma, he said.

Also present at the meet were Santhigiri Medical College principal Dr Arunachalam, Mr R Gopalakrishnan, Chief Executive, Santhigiri Ayurveda and Siddha Vaidyashala and Dr Rajkumar, Chief Coordinator, Santhigiri Medical Services.

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