Another infant branded with hot iron, admitted to hospital

Nabarangpur: Less than a week after a nine-day old infant died after being branded with hot iron nails, another such incident has surfaced in the district.

An eight-day old infant was allegedly branded with hot iron at Dabiriguda village under Dabunga block in the district, making a mockery of government efforts to spread awareness among the people to shun this age-old practice fraught with grave risk to the children.

According to sources, son of Mukunda and Kusuma Uttara of the village, who was born on January 22, was suffering from some abdominal diseases.

On being advised by neighbours, family members of the baby called a local quack to their house who branded the infant with hot iron to cure him, the sources added.

But when the health condition of the baby deteriorated, the parents admitted him in the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the district headquarters hospital.

Notably, a nine-day old baby, who was branded with a hot iron rod by the village quack in the name of treatment at Gorama village under Jharigaon block on January 24, died at the Nabarangpur district headquarters hospital on Monday morning.