Picture of neglect

Print edition : November 11, 2016

A child outside his hut at Palkonda village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. Despite the State government’s claims about implementing poverty alleviation programmes, severe poverty persists in Malkangiri and other tribal areas. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout

Children affected by Japanese encephalitis at a ward in the Malkangiri district hospital. The district headquarters hospital in Malkangiri town reportedly has only 13 doctors as against a sanctioned strength of 44. Until the end of September, the district had only one paediatrician. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout

Death of children from malnutrition and Japanese encephalitis in the backward Malkangiri district puts the Odisha government in the dock.
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