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Why Melghat's children are dying
September 11, 2008
An Amravati zilla parishad health department report reveals that 117 children died of malnutrition in the Melghat region in Maharashtra from April to June 2008. 51 neo natal babies died in the same time.
The condition of Amravati's remaining children is grim. There are 37,570 children in this area and the government claims to have weighed 36,788 children. Of these 23,087 children are said to be suffering from malnutrition.
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All the children belong to the Korku tribals who live in this area. The three main reasons that account for malnutrition are: Lack of medical facilities, poverty and poor infrastructure.
Image: Mothers with children at the makeshift government day care centre in a yet to be inaugurated hospital at Churni in Amravati district of Maharashtra.
Text: A Ganesh Nadar
Photographs: Uttam Ghosh