Bhopal: Six more children died in the severely malnutrition affected Sheopur district after the chief secretary visited there to check measures taken by the state government. The deaths were reported from Lahroni, Hatedi villages and Karahal block. The underweight children died after getting ill. “Six more children died in the district after the senior officer’s visited there,” said a social activist, Uma Chaturvedi.
With the death of six more kids, the toll in malnutrition mounted to 42 since August in Sheopur and Shivpuri districts, forcing the district administration to take immediate action to contain the problem. Member of National Commission for Child Rights Protection Vandana Prasad, minister for woman and child development Ranjana Baghel and chief secretary Parasuram had visited the two districts recently, but there is no let-up in deaths of children.
On October 2, Parasuram had gone to some villages in these districts but he was kept away from the facts by the district administration. “Even in Lahroni village, where a helipad was constructed for the chief secretary who went there by state chopper, witnessed death of a malnourished child,” said sources.
Chauhan to get feedback on malnutrition
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will take stock of the implementation of government programme to prevent malnutrition while interacting with divisional commissioner and IGs, during a video conference. The conference to start at 10.30,would discuss issue of malnutrition and supply of nutritious food through aanganwaris, said official sources. Besides, issues like distribution of generic medicines in government hospitals, law and order, preventive measures for swine flu and dengue, repairing of roads will be discussed.