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Malnutrition deaths haunt tribal children in Attappady
By Team Asianet Newsable
- On Saturday, five month old infant died of heart ailment and underweight related complications
- Health workers say that over 3000 tribal children are anemic and require immediate attention
- Deaths related to malnutrition came down from 58 in 2013 to 14 in 2015
Six cases of infant death and at least 10 neonatal deaths were reported from the tribal belts of Attappady since January, 2016
Despite claims by the state government of efforts to prevent poverty and malnutrition in the tribal belts of Attappady in Palakkad, child deaths continue to stalk the region.
The latest in the list is a five-month-old girl who died on Saturday owing to heart ailments and complications related to underweight. The child, belonging to Sholayar tribal belt, was admitted to Government Medical College, Thrissur.
Another tribal child, 12-year-old Manikandan, belonging to Swarnapirivu tribal colony, died of anaemia on 19 September. Health officials confirm that malnutrition and anaemia affect people in the tribal belt irrespective of age and undernourishment is prominent among children.
They also said that over 3,000 children are anaemic and requires immediate attention. As many as six infant deaths were reported from the tribals belts of Attappady this year.
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