Jajpur: The infant death toll in Nagada remains unabated as 2-year-old Manasi, the face of Nagada’s malnutrition lost her life fighting with Malaria today.
Manasi was considered as the face of acute malnutrition in Nagada village in Jajpur district. She had been admitted to the TISCO hospital in Kaliapani under Sukinda block in Jajpur district, where she breathed last.
In late July last year, Odisha’s women and child development department conducted a survey to ascertain the level of malnutrition across seven tribal hamlets in Jajpur, including Nagada. Of the 114 children assessed, 52 were found to be suffering from acute malnutrition. Twenty seven of them had severe acute malnutrition, which leads to wasting and stunting. Such children are nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children.
Government has also been planning long and short term development plans for the village with emphasis on health, drinking water, communication and nutrition.