The Malabar Regional Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union (MRCMPU) under Milma is launching a scheme from the coming month, providing financial assistance for the treatment of its dairy farmers’ children diagnosed with type-1 diabetes.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Veena George will inaugurate ‘Ksheera Karunya Hastham’ through videoconferencing on July 1 at 2 pm.
The project will benefit the families of all dairy farmers who supply milk to the co-operative societies affiliated to MRCMPU. It will help them meet the expenses for the insulin and doctor’s fees to treat the type-1 diabetic children below 18 years.
‘Ksheera Karunya Hastham’, which is the first endeavour of its kind in the country, comes amid increasing instances of type-1 diabetes among teenagers and a general unwillingness to disclose the matter publicly. Girls are predominantly the victims of this disease, according to studies.
The scheme envisages a major relief to dairy farmers, who are being increasingly forced to channel their income towards treatment of their children for diabetes, Milma noted.
Already MRCMPU runs a scheme that provides monetary aid to the daughters of its affiliated co-operative’s members. It facilitates a stipulated amount deposited in their names and the SBI releasing the amount once the benefactor becomes a major.