IDUKKI: In two separate incidents, a pregnant woman and an 18-month-old girl died at Edamalakkudy tribal panchayat in Munnar on Monday.The deceased are Alanjamma, 26, daughter of Ramaraj and Moothamma of Nooradikkudi, and the child of Subhash and Selvi from Andavankudi. Reports said Anjalamma and her pre-natal baby died owing to the mother’s pregnancy complications.
Anjalamma felt uneasiness and stomach pain on Sunday evening and was carried to Valppara hospital by other residents of her settlement. When her condition worsened, she was rushed to the Pollachi Taluk Hospital and then to the Government Medical College in Coimbatore. Though the matured baby was delivered via surgery, both it and Anjalamma died.
In the second death, the one-and-half-year-old had contracted Acute Diarrhoeal Disease (ADD) and died due to the negligence of the parents who treated her condition as normal.With the onset of monsoon, ADD has been spreading in the Edamalakkudy panchayat, especially in Andavankudi, Sheddukudi, Kandathikudi and Societykudi.
It is learnt that over 30 persons from the areas are suffering from ADD and other diseases. Prompted by the baby’s death, a medical team led by Dr Jinu of the Devikulam primary health centre rushed to Edamalakkudy with the required amount of medicines.