Mother, 2 Children Die Allegedly Of Hunger As UP Marks "Nutrition Month" -Alok Pandey

-NDTV

Doctors first admitted both Sangeeta and Suraj, but later referred them to a larger district hospital in Padrauna. Both of them died in the ambulance, on the way.

Lucknow:
A mother and her two children have died within a week in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar, allegedly of hunger and malnutrition. The government has officially recorded diarrhea and food poisoning as the cause of the deaths, but villagers tell a different story.

The family belongs to the extremely poor Musahars, listed as Scheduled Castes.

30-year-old Sangeeta and her eight-year-old son Suraj died on September 7.

Sangeeta's husband Virendra, 35, is a daily wager. He said mother and son started vomiting around 7 am that day. When their condition worsened, Virendra called a government ambulance and managed to take them to a hospital by 10 am.

Doctors first admitted both Sangeeta and Suraj, but later referred them to a larger district hospital in Padrauna. Both of them died in the ambulance, on the way.

Sangeeta's fifth and youngest child - two-month-old geeta, died five days later, on Tuesday. She was being fed formula milk by women in the village.

Reports say social workers had requested village level government health workers to take the baby to a nutrition centre - but no one reacted. The baby was finally admitted to the district hospital on Monday.

In a tragic irony, the deaths have taken place as the Uttar Pradesh government marks "national nutrition month".

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NDTV, 13 September, 2018, https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/mother-2-children-die-allegedly-of-hunger-as-up-marks-nutrition-month-1916007

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