The High Court held that urgent measures should be taken to control the deaths of children due to malnutrition or lack of medical facilities in Melghat, Amravati District tribal areas. Considering the case of Dr. Rajendra Sadanand Burma vs State of Maharashtra and numerous PILs, the Division Bench held that all the necessary public health facilities associated with nutrition, pregnancy, and specialists should be provided in the region immediately.
Social Activist, Bandu Sampatrao Sane also played a major role in providing justice to the needy people seeking help. Since last 4 months, more than seventy percent of children below 6 years died and 20 were stillborns in the Melghat region
Chief Justice firmly asks why the help is not provided in the region as there is not even a single gynecologist and pediatrician. The High Court directed the state to monitor the situation quickly, else the State Public Health Department and The Public Health Department Secretary have to rise to the occasion and will be held guilty. Justice Dipankar Datta also warned the Health Secretary that no more deaths should be there by 6 September due to malnutrition. The court adjourned the matter to September 6 and asked for immediate relief and regular health checkups for pregnant women in the Chikhaldara region.
-Report by SANDHYA PRAJAPATI