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Infant in Odisha treated for fever with hot cashew dies

Traditional treatment claimed the life of yet another infant in Nabarangpur district on Friday.

Published: 21st January 2017 04:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2017 12:19 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NABARANGPUR: Traditional treatment claimed the life of yet another infant in Nabarangpur district on Friday.

The child has been identified as Akash Gond, son of Biju Gond of Bharsundi village under Raighar block of the Nabarangpur district.

According to sources, Akash was suffering from fever, cold and stomach problems. Instead of taking Akash to a doctor, the boy’s parents opted for traditional treatment.

They branded the child’s stomach and chest with hot cashew seeds to cure him of the disease.

After his condition became serious, they rushed him to Raighar Community Health Centre (CHC) and from there to Umerkote. But, as the child’s condition did not improve and turned critical, the doctors referred him to District Headquarters Hospital.

The child was admitted to Paediatric ward at DHH and later shifted to Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the hospital. He died early on Friday in DHH.

This is not an isolated incident in the State. During the last one year, 15 incidents of child branding with hot iron, metal bangles and cashew seeds were recorded in the district. Of them, four children, including the present one, died.



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