Vikash Sharma

At a time when a man is able to do impossible things with the tremendous advancement of science and technology, there are many who still fall prey to blind beliefs and follow several superstitions. In one such case, ‘salt therapy’ was given to revive a minor boy who died due to drowning in Gandheibindha village in Bhadrak district.

The body of the one and half years old boy was covered in a heap of salt. Even though the doctors declared the boy dead, the family members resorted to salt therapy to revive him. Moreover, salt therapy was given to the dead child inside the premises of Basudevpur community health centre.

According to the relatives of the deceased boy, they had come across the salt therapy from some person who claimed to have got necessary training. The relatives claimed that a drowned person can revive if covered in salt for up to several hours under the therapy.

“We had learnt about this from a person who claimed that the boy can be revived if the therapy is given within 30 minutes of drowning. But so far nothing happened,” said Purna Chandra, a relative of the deceased boy.

Dr Dasharathi Tudu said,” The boy was received dead at around 11:30 am. We have no information about the salt therapy given on hospital premises. However, it is practically not possible to revive a dead person using such a technique."

  • Reported by:
  • Suryadoya Biswal