‘Malnutrition’ major cause for tribal infant deaths in Kerala

Published on: 11 Mar, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala

The Kerala government accepts that lack of effectiveness in implementation of health packages by officials and malnutrition of pregnant women were the major causes of frequent infant deaths in Attappady here on Tuesday.

V S Shivakumar(State Health Minister) told to the assembly that though frequent child deaths in the region was still a major cause of worry but with government’s active intervention it could reduce the number of deaths to 13 in 2014 from 39 in the previous year.

He also said that "the number of ‘severely acute malnourished’ (SAM) children could also be reduced to 68 from 299 in the period,

“The state government has initiated several steps to reduce child deaths in Attappady. The health department implemented a special health package for which Rs 4.33 crore had been sanctioned. Nine other schemes are also under various stages of implementation,”  He added.

Intervening, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said sanctioning of funds and drawing up of new schemes were not enough to check the frequent child deaths in the region.

Chandy said that the lack of officials having service mentality and proper implementation of welfare packages also contributed to the backwardness of the tribal area, , More tribal hostels would be set up and facilities of existing hostels would be upgraded as part of the scheme, he added.

Src:- http://zeenews.india.com/news/kerala/malnutrition-major-cause-of-tribal-infant-deaths-kerala-govt_1559223.html


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