Nabarangpur: The district administration has reached out to a bed-ridden boy hailing from Chakamala village in Anakabeda Panchayat under Chandahandi block in Nabarangpur district, courtesy to the report published in Pragativadi Odia daily.
The ailing boy, Durga Bag (14), son of Jaladhar Bag– a daily labourer, has been suffering from brachial (arm) ailment and had undergone treatment in local hospitals. However, the poverty-stricken family had to shift him back to home due to financial constraints.
The report about the suffering of the poor boy was published in Pragativadi Odia daily on June 13 edition. Taking note of the report, the Chief Minster’s office (CMO) sought a report from Nabarangpur Collector in the regard.
After cognizance from the CMO, the district administration reached out to help the poor family to get their son treated. Subsequently, on the direction of Nabarangpur collector Ajit Kumar Mishra, Chandahandi BDO Debendra Prasad Bal, CHC officer Dr. Bijayalaxmi Pradhan and social security officer Tushar Ranjan Sahoo reached Chakamala village and took stock of Durga’s health condition. Durga was then shifted to the local Community Health Centre by an 108 ambulance.
The ailing boy has been provided necessary treatment and the process to shift him to SCB Medical College and Hospital has been initiated, sources in the health care unit informed. The district administration also handed over Rs 10,000 to the family as financial assistance from the Red Cross fund, sources added.
According to reports, Durga developed infection and swelling on his brachial (arm) which subsequently paralysed his legs and vertebral (spinal column). The family members initially admitted him to Chandahandi CHC and later shifted him to a private hospital in Nabarangpur.
However, the infection and swelling exaggerated and the doctors shifted him to Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput for better treatment.
In order to get their son treated, the family had to borrow money from various sources and the villagers also collected a total of Rs 10,000 for Durga’s treatment. But the money was not sufficient for overall treatment.
Meanwhile, the doctors at the private hospital asked Durga’s family members to shift him to Cuttack. Unable to collect more money, the poor family members had no options left but to bring back their son home.
After the news report of “Pragativadi” brought the plight of the poor family, suffering to bear the treatment expense of their ailing son, to the attention of the State Government, the process has been initiated to provide treatment assistance.
Earlier, the CMO had also asked the Nabarangpur administration to provide necessary treatment to a girl, Rasmi Jagat (18) of Motigaon village in Chandahandi block, suffering from an unknown disease.