Nagada replays at Angul village

Angul: Even as the government is leaving no stones unturned to bring development in Nagada village of Jajpur district that hit the headlines due to malnutrition deaths, the plight of the residents of Baghuapat village under Bantala police limits in Angul district is no different from
the Nagada.
Located 30km from the Sadar headquarters, lack of basic facilities had cut the village from the rest of the world. Even after 71 years of independence, the villagers are facing , no educational facilities, unemployment,
diseases, lack of electricity and proper roads.
Accommodating around 17 families, the village is home to 25 males, 26 females and 15 children in the age group of five years. The villagers have to trek 10km through hills to reach the panchayat office to avail their ration and other daily essentials.
Children often are seen helping their parents in grazing cattles and collecting forest produce as there is no school. Due to lack of an Anganwadi centre, children in the village are deprived of nutritious foods. Most of the children are suffering from malnutrition and are underweight. Most of the children are also suffering from anemia.
The students have to depend on an Anganwadi centre of a neighbouring village. Once in a month, parents of the children go to the neighbouring village and collect food for their children. Similarly, pregnant woman have to trek through the hills to avail vaccine.
While the village is located just 15km from the Bantala community health centre (CHC), the medical authorities are unaware of the condition of the villagers.
Cots and slings serve as ambulance for pregnant woman and patients. Unable to reach hospital on time many persons have lost their lives in the past. Till now, many children in the village have not got measles rubella (MR) vaccine.
Apparently, road connectivity is a major problem, coupled with lack of power. The villagers are dependent on kerosene and oil lamps at night. Most of the villagers do not venture out after dusk due to fear of attacks by wild animals.
On several occasions the villagers have tried to attract the attention of the district administration to provide road connectivity and other basic facilities to the village. Their pleas, however, have gone unheard.
When contacted, Angul BDO Dukhabandhu Nayak said that he was newly appointed. “I will visit the village soon and take stock of the situation.”
Similarly, Angul Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Rabichandra Gadnayak said he would send a medical team to the village and check on the health condition of the children and the women in the village.


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