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Another newborn dies after being branded in Odisha


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Mar 11:

Another child admitted to a hospital in Odisha’s Steel City in a critical condition after being branded with hot bangles has succumbed to infection late last night.

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The month old baby of Chhian Barla from Lohar slum at Deogaon in Sundargarh district was admitted to Ispat Government Hospital (IGH) in a critical condition.

According to reports, a midwife named Budhi (65) of the slum branded the only son of the Barla couple branded the newborn at 10 places in the abdomen to help gain weight. However, his condition deteriorated on the very day the infant was branded.

The infant was admitted to IGH in a critical condition. However, he succumbed to infection late last night.

The relatives of Barla had advised him to brand the child to increase his body weight.

Yesterday, a month-old baby boy who was branded with hot iron nails at B Maliguda village under Nandahandi block in Nabarangpur district died at the hospital after battling for life for eight days.

Sadly, the district is infamous for incidents of branding newborns in the name of treating them to cure them of their ailments. The quacks exploit the villagers of tribal-dominated district where health services are yet to reach the common people.

Apart from superstition reigning supreme in the backward regions, the large-scale vacancies of medical staff in the hospitals play a significant role in the deteriorating healthcare facilities in the district.