Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 19:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced an assistance of Rs One lakh for the Malkangiri school boy B Yakub, who lost one of his hands which had to be amputated by doctors at the King George Government Hospital in Visakhapatnam after he met with an accident while working on a PMGSY road project to earn money to buy a pair of school uniforms.
The assistance will be given from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Expressing grave concern over the incident, Patnaik wished speedy recovery for the child.
It may be recalled here that B Yakub, a poor 17-year old class IX student of IMST English Medium School in Malkangiri town, met with an accident when he came in contact with a live electric wire while measuring a part of the road.
The impact of the electric shock was so high that a large part of Yakub’s body was burnt in the accident. He hails from Korukonda in Malkangiri district..
Yakub worked in a road construction project under PMGSY as he did not have enough money to buy a pair of school uniforms.
Doctors at the King George Government Hospital in Visakhapatnam, where he is presently undergoing treatment for his burns, had to amputate one of his hands to prevent the infection from spreading, hospital sources said.
Doctors feel even his other hand and one of his legs may require to be amputated as the infection was spreading rapidly, the sources added.
Sources said the concerned contractor and the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) had tried their best to hush up the incident, which took place 45 days back.
The district collector has ordered an administrative inquiry into the incident while some officials of the district have rushed to Visakhapatnam to oversee the treatment of Yakub.
The incident, which had taken place 45 days ago, came to light only on July 17 after doctors amputated one of the hands of the child and the child’s father reported the matter to the district collector.
The contractor, who had engaged Yakub had allegedly tried to hush-up the incident by promising some money to the child’s family. Following the amputation of his boy’s hand, the father spilled the beans before the collector.