Union Health ministry team to visit Nagada tomorrow

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Bhubaneswar: A five-member team of the Union Health Ministry will visit Nagada village in Jajpur district tomorrow to take stock of the situation there following death of 18 children due to malnutrition in the last three months.

According to sources, the team is scheduled to hold discussions with the concerned authorities of the State government after returning from Nagada.

Meanwhile, the 5-member team has arrived in Bhubaneswar.

Yesterday, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked the State government to submit a report on the situation in the village, predominantly inhabited by people of the primitive Juang tribe, in 10 days.

Commission member Priyanka Kanungo has written a letter to the Odisha Chief Secretary asking him to explain the reason behind the child deaths and list the steps taken by the government to mitigate the situation.

Following this, the Women and Child Welfare department has sought a report from the Jajpur district Collector.

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