Attappadi reports 121 child deaths despite financial support of 131 crore rupees in 8 years
Agali (Palakkad): Despite an infant mortality rate comparable to that of several developed countries, Kerala has yet to verify continued infant deaths in the tribal hamlets of Attapadi.
The state government injected 131 crore rupees into local agencies over eight years starting in 2013 to prevent infant deaths in Attappadi, but such financial support has also failed to prevent 121 deaths in Attappadi. ‘children during the period, statistics revealed. Attappadi had reported 47 infant deaths in 2013 alone, prompting the government to intervene.
Kerala is proud to have limited infant mortality to less than 6% against a national average of 28.77%. Even as he collapses over his successes in controlling child mortality, he has ignored child deaths in Attappadi, “the sickest woman in the Western Ghats,” as local residents say.
In the past five days alone, the region has lost a mother and five children to illnesses caused by malnutrition and other health problems. The health ministry reported that the majority of Attappadi women were anemic and sickle cell disease is common in the area.
Sickle cell disease, which is one of a group of disorders known as sickle cell anemia, is an inherited disease of the red blood cells that prevents adequate distribution of oxygen throughout the body.
It was alleged that villagers, who were used to surviving on finger millets and millets, were forced to change their traditional staple diet to cereals distributed through ration distribution points, which affected their immunity. natural.
The statement of Minister of Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes K Radhakrishnan the other day sums up the development that the region has experienced over the past two decades:
“Attappadi has not changed since my visit here in 1996,” the minister said. âMake them self-sufficient, they will take care of themselves,â Radhkrishnan added, reflecting on the folly of providing food to people âuntil the end of the worldâ.
Incidentally, Rs 16 crore has been allocated for the development of Attapadi in just one year – an amount no one knows where it was spent. Had a small portion of the planned amount been spent benefiting the more than 32,000 people living in 194 hamlets, infant deaths could have been avoided.
Case of SC / ST commission registers
The Kerala State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes recorded a case based on reports of infant deaths in Attappadi.
The commission requested a report on the reasons for infant deaths in one week from the district collector of Palakkad, the district doctor, the secretary of the district panchayat and the head of the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) in Agali.
The panel also asked officials to recommend solutions to avoid such casualties.