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20 January 2017


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Nabarangpur: In a latest shocking incident of child branding reported from Nabarangpur, a 2-month-old infant named Akash Ganda succumbed on Thursday night to the brand injuries sustained by hot cashew nut on his delicate belly by a local traditional healer (quack).

This horrific incident took place in Bharasundi village of Raighar block. The 2 month-old son of Biju Ganda and Pitabai Ganda was suffering from cold, cough and fever. In a bid to cure him, the couple initially took him to the nearby hospital but did not get the desired results.

So, they approached a local quack who resorted to the traditional way of healing and branded the baby’s stomach at 20 places with hot cashew nut on Thursday. His condition became critical instead of recovering.

The incident came to light after the baby’s parents admitted him to the District Headquarters Hospital in a serious condition on the same evening. He was undergoing treatment at the Special Newborn Care Unit in the hospital.

"The parents had resorted to branding to cure the child for fever and pneumonia. When we admitted the infant on Thursday evening, he was suffering from acute septicaemia. He breathed his last barely after few hours of treatment," informed Dr. Dharanidhara Satpathy, Paeditrician,Nabarangpur DHH.

Inspite of district administration’s awareness programme, ’Jyoti’ claims to have created awareness among tribals against branding children to cure their ailments, fresh incidents now and then make a mockery of the initiatives taken by the authorities.

‘Jyoti’ had identified over 4,000 traditional healers, who were made aware of the legal actions they could face for branding children. Apart from the tribal healers, the administration also sensitised about the ill-effects of branding children to ANMs, anganwadi workers, panchayat representatives, local leaders and rural youth club members during the first phase of Jyoti in the months of April and May last year

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Dr. Dharanidhara Satapathy, Pediatrician, Nabarangpur DHH