KENDRAPARA: At least two children suffering from fever and dysentery have been branded with hot iron rod by a village quack in Ramanagar village under Mahakalpada block of Kendrapara district.
The children, with burn injuries, are undergoing treatment at Government Hospital.Rahul (10) and Laxmipriya (8), son and daughter of a daily wager Kamal Sarkar, were suffering from fever and dysentery.
As there was no doctor in the village and its nearby areas, Sarkar approached a village quack to treat his children. The quack suggested that both the children can be healed through branding. He then branded their stomachs with an iron rod last week.
When their condition worsened, Sarkar admitted the children to the hospital on Tuesday. Treating doctor Kulamani Barala said the children were branded six days back as a result of which, the burn wounds have become infected. Their condition is stable now.