Kalpetta: The situation of malnutrition at the tribal hamlets in Wayanad is alarming, according to the statistics. As per the data available with the health department, 324 newborns die in the district in the last three years. Of this, 264 are from tribal hamlets.
In the last seven years, deaths of 67 mothers were reported. Of this, 46 are tribal women.
During 2010-11, a total of 90 kids succumbed to malnutrition and other issues. Of this, 41 were from the hamlets. In 2012, 46 (92) children and in 2013, 74 (142) children died.
Health issues claimed the lives of 40 kids this year alone. Doctors attribute the reason to underweight and lack of nutrition. It is saddening to note that tribal women are unable to consume nutritional food even during pregnancy.
Sources say lack of meal at regular intervals, malnutrition during teenage, marriage at younger age and deliveries are the key reasons. The health department has also failed to create awareness among them on pregnancy-related issues. The alcohol consumption of the parents too turns fatal for infants.
In a year, an average of 14,500 deliveries are reported in Wayanad. In the district hospital alone, 300 expectant mothers are admitted in a month. While women from other communities are enjoying the benefits of modern health facilities, these tribal women fell victims to the lack of amenities in government hospitals.