On April 26, a chemotherapy centre, a one-room unit near the ICU with two beds, opened at Nabarangpur.
Uma Vishnu travels to the district and finds that it’s slowly changing — ask the father who sends his three daughters out to study, the girl who is determined she won’t drop out, the education officer who is beaming at this year’s Class X pass percentage of 92%
Nabarangpur has some of the most dismal indicators for education, with 57.35 per cent of the population having never attended school.
The hunger for higher education is manifesting itself even in the poorest parts of India today
Spread over 10 acres, the ground and first floors of the building have come up and, according to the district administration, the college will be “up and running in a few months”.
The woman, from Dongariguda village under Koshagumuda block of Nabarangpur, tried to set her residence on fire after her 8-year-old and 6-year-old daughters, apart from her two-year-old son, died immediately after consuming the food.
The 45-day campaign, called Jyoti, was launched on Sunday with an aim to train 4,400 traditional healers in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district.
In the last 3 months, at least 7 infants have had to be taken to hospital after being subjected to homespun remedies, including branding by hot iron nails or glass bangles by traditional healers.
The father told doctors that he applied the wild fruit juice on his son hoping that it would cure him.
Health centres without doctors, a blood unit running out of supply, and a sub-centre with no power.
Everyday, hundreds of patients head to the 80-bed Christian Hospital, where everything from childbirth to gall bladder laparoscopy and complex gynaecological surgeries are a matter of routine.
Dharani Ranjan Satpathy, the paediatrician of the hospital, told The Indian Express that a quack of the village allegedly branded the child with a hot iron knife on January 26.
Dr Dharani Ranjan Satpathy, paediatrician at the Nabarangpur district headquarters hospital, told The Indian Express that the infant died of septicaemia, or poisoning of the blood, triggered by the scalding of her skin.
Although there are just about 32,000 Christians, most of them Protestants, in the district as per the 2011 Census, in a population of 12 lakh, Christmas in Nabarangpur town is as much a part of the local tradition as Durga Puja.
Nabarangpur’s female literacy rate is way below the national average. But motivated by education and a government project to house them in hostels, the women are dreaming big, and beyond Nabarangpur.