Another tribal infant dies in Attappadi

In yet another incident of tribal infant death, a two-days-old girl child died due to cardiac ailments in a hamlet in Attappadi, one of the largest tribal settlements in Kerala.

With this, the total number of infant deaths in this backward hamlet has risen to eight this year.

The child, born prematurely on June 6, died the next day, health department sources said. The child had only 1.3 kg birth weight and she was born with some defects in the heart valve, they said.

During last month alone, three newborns had died in the area.

Nodal officer for Attappadi, Dr. Prabhu Das said the number of children born with birth defects were on the rise in the region in recent times.

“Malnutrition had been a major reason for infant deaths in Attappadi. But this year, there is an increase in number of children born with birth defects”, he told.

(Agencies)

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