13 November 2019
Malkangiri: Lack of proper awareness is the prime reason behind the death of six infants at MV-79 Tamanapalli in Malkangiri, informed the medical team deployed in the area following reports of children dying due to an unknown disease.
After conducting health check-up in the village, it was found that most of the children are suffering from Bronchopneumonia. Early diagnosis could have saved the lives of the six children but due to lack of awareness they were hospitalised in the last stage.
Meanwhile, the team of doctors are visiting each and every house and conducting health check-up, assessment and creating awareness. Meetings are also conducted in villages to aware people about early diagnosis and to visit nearest hospital for check-up in case of any ill health.
The local Anganwadi worker also reported that lack of awareness is also another reason of malnutrition in the area. The Chhatua or Sattu provided for the children are being fed to poultry or pigs.
Malkangiri Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Ajay Kumar Baitharu had on November 10 said that there were multiple reasons behind the infant mortality such as malnutrition of mother, and premature births. He also conducted field visits with his team of doctors to collect samples and take stock of the situation.