A Study on Health Status and Diseases in Tribal Villages in Jawadu Hills
Tribal population constitutes 8 per cent of the total Indian population. Health is one of the important indicators of human and societal development. The hill areas are serene and add beauty to the eyes of the all people in India and the world. Jawadu Hills, Tirupattur Taluk in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu is
providing a scenic beauty to the tourists and an important the East Ghats which bestows all its natural bounty on the tribal dominated villages of Pudur Nadu, Arumbal Pattu, Kombai and Melur to name a few. The tribal people have their own medical knowledge and follow traditional methods of treatment.The modern medical facilities have percolated in to the Hills by a Primary Health Centre at Pudur Nadu that caters to the medical needs of people in 32 villages as clusters in the three panchayats. Normally people are affected by cold and fever for which people use both natural and allopathic medicines as per the need. Most of the children are underweight due to improper intake of nutritious food and lack of awareness. This leads to more opportunistic diseases among the school going children and women are anaemic. This requires extensive awareness campaign and distribution of free nutritious food supplements. Hence an attempt has been made to study the common diseases in the tribal dominated Jawadu Hills and remedial measures thereto. Only one PHC is functioning and the number has to be
increased to make the area disease free and healthy Jawadu region.