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One more girl dies in Attappady

One more girl dies in Attappady

Palakkad: One more girl aged six died of fever in Attappady. She has been identified as Suchitra, daughter of Murukesan.

The child admitted in the hospital last week died Thursday morning.

Taking serious note of the death of tribal children due to malnutrition in Palakkad district in recent weeks, state ministers for Health and Tribal welfare had visited the affected areas to review the situation and announced an inquiry into the matter.

After visiting some of the tribal hamlets and a hospital at Attappadi area, Tribal Welfare Minister P K Jayalakshmi and Health Minister V S Sivakumar had said a special health package would be implemented in the area to attend to health concerns of the tribal people, especially mothers and children.

District medical officials have confirmed malnutrition and anaemia as the main cause for the death of at least four children in recent weeks.

A recent health survey in the area came across as many as 412 cases of anaemia and 67 cases of nourishment, which required urgent medical attention. The survey had covered over 20,000 individuals in about 6500 households.

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