Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nabarangpur/Malkangiri, Jan 29:
Superstition rules supreme in the backward regions of Odisha where the poor look forward to quacks to treat their children to get rid of ailments.
Two such cases were reported in the state in last 24 hours. While a 12-year-boy died after being allegedly treated by a traditional healer, another newborn has been admitted to hospital after being branded with hot iron where the condition is stated to be critical.
Bhima Katiya, a class V student of Kartanpalli school under Mathili block in Malkangiri district, went on a leave last month after he fell sick in the hostel. Instead of visiting a hospital, his parents took him to a quack at Saradaput village. His condition, however, deteriorated with each passing day instead of any marked improvement.
As his condition became critical, Katiya was rushed to Mathili hospital for treatment where he breathed his last yesterday.
He hailed from Atalguda village under Kutanpali panchayat in Malkangiri district.
In another incident, an eight-year-old baby from Dabiriguda village under Dabugaon block in Nabarangpur district was admitted to district headquarters hospital yesterday after his condition became critical who was branded with hot iron to cure abdominal pain.
A quack of the village allegedly branded the child with a hot iron on the abdomen at eight points. As the health condition worsened contrary to the expectations of the parents, the minor was rushed to the hospital where the newborn was admitted to Sick Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) of the hospital.
The condition of the neonate is said to be critical.
It may be mentioned here that at least two quacks have been arrested in the last two months for allegedly branding newborns with hot objects.