Four deaths reported in last 3 days taking the toll to 52 in the last 16 months

The death of tribal infants does not seem to end in Attappady as four deaths were reported in the last three days taking the toll to 52 in the last 16 months.

On Saturday, the chidld of Pushpa and Murugan of Cheerakadavu tribal hamlet of Pudur grama panchayat died at a private hospital in Coimbatore. The delivery was on Friday.

On Thursday night, the child of Sharada and Durai of Melemully in Pudur grama panchayat died soon after birth at the Kottathara Tribal Specialty Hospital. Sharada had been shifted to the Palakkad District Hospital as she suffered from high blood pressure.

On Friday evening, the child of Rajamma and Murgan of Mele Ooru at Agali grama panchayat died at a private hospital at Anakatti. The infant was born premature in the seventh month of pregnancy.

The infant of Pushpa and Senthil Kumar of the Kovilmedu hamlet at Sholayur died at Thrissur Medical College on April 22 soon after birth.

These incidents show the failure of the government in taking preventive steps to bring the death of infants under control, said Rajendra Prasad, president of Thampu, an organisation working for welfare of the tribal people.

An eight-member Central team, which is at Attappady from May 20 to study the death of infants, had found that pregnant women and adolescent girls suffered from malnutrition. Steps should be taken for the safety of expectant women and adolescent girls, the team members felt.

The Central team also found that nutritious food had not been distributed to children and pregnant women there through anganwadis in the last two years.

Schemes of the Central and State governments such as Safala and Indira Gandhi Mathru Suraksha Yojana had not been implemented in the last two years.

The Central team, whose visit was scheduled to end on Saturday, extended its stay by two days considering the seriousness of the problem there.