Have food, but not many people to feed


KOZHIKODE: The Kerala State Social Security Mission is likely to exclude the Kottaparamba Women and Child Hospital, and the Beach General Hospital from the hunger-free city project.

The mission has decided to extent the project to these hospitals only after getting positive replies from the respective superintendents.

The Women and Child Hospital has been distributing food six times daily to patients under the 'Ammayum Kunjum' project of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The Beach hospital authorities informed external agencies have been distributing free food to patients two times a day.

The KSSM authorities could trace only 16 persons in the city who are in need of free food. The officials carried out the survey with the help of auto drivers and security persons deployed at Palayam and Moffussial bus stand and Kozhikode railway station.

The KSSM is now in the process of identifying deserving people in need of free food through its Vayomitram project in the corporation limit. It has entrusted officials of the project to pass information on aged men and women who cannot afford to have food.

Dr A M Muhammed Alias Kunhavukutty, superintendent of Kottaparamba Women and Child Health hospital said that he has already informed the KSSM officials that the hospital was serving free food to patients. "I have suggested the officials to distribute food to others, who are in dire need of it,'' he said.

T K Muhammed Younus , regional director of KSSM, has already requested both the hospital authorities to submit the list of food packages they would need to distribute. "We have also planning to figure out more beneficiaries through the Vayomitram project,'' he said.

The KSSM has been supplying free food to around 2,500 patients and bystanders at the Kozhikode medical college.
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