Notice Issued by NHRC to Kerala Govt over Infant Deaths

Published on: 29 May, 2013
Published under: Kerala Health News

28 May 2013
New Delhi

Due to rise in death of infants in Attappadi region of Kerala due to malnutrition National Human Rights Commission have send a notice regarding the matter. The rights panel has given six weeks time to the state government to submit a report in this regard.

According to an NHRC statement, the commission has issued a notice to Chief Secretary, Kerala after taking suo motu cognisance of an editorial which alleged that several infants died due to malnutrition in Attappadi region of Kerala, particularly in Kadambara South, Vellakulam colony and Nellippathy colony, since January last year.

“Reportedly, many residents of Vellakulam colony suffer from sickle cell disease and consequently children of such parents are born under weight. They also suffer from Type-1 diabetes and Vitamin-A deficiency.

“It has also been alleged that the Attappadi region lacks better medical facilities in as much as, there is not a surgeon or anesthetist in the tribal speciality hospital and hence tribal women do not come to the hospital for delivery,” the NHRC statement said.


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