By Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra
A month after the death of 16-month-old Aliya Abrar Tamboli from Kalamb village in Karjat taluka of Raigad district, following complications relating to acute malnutrition, a blame game is underway on what led to the child’s death, following abject neglect by the local anganwadi.
MLA Suresh Narayan Lad from Karjat blames the zila parishad for not supervising and appointing officials to monitor schemes run by government for children. Aliya died on October 17 after suffering from vaginal infection and respiratory distress for three months due to malnourishment.
Her mother, Naseema was not even informed of what help she can avail at the local anganwadi despite repeated visits to the health centre where Aliya’s malnourishment was diagnosed. Lad said the Child Development Project Officer monitors each taluka and is an integral part of the government’s health scheme.
“The government through the zila parishad assigns a CPDO to one taluka. Here in this case of Karjat taluka where the village Kalamb is situated, the post of CPDO was vacant for past two years. I had communicated with the authorities of Zila Parishad . However no one paid heed to pay request,” said Lad.
“The CPDO is directly connected with all the local anganwadis and accordingly to the Block Development Officer (BDO). It is a chain which connects all together. Had there been a CPDO appointed, he could possibly have noticed the lapses in the locla anganwadi and the urgent need of Aliya could have been redrressed well,” said Lad.
“There are lapses by the local anganwadi and also by the primary health centres. The local anganwadi is assigned by the government to go door to door to provide vaccination and food for babies falling in the age group of 0-6 years,” Lad said. Aliya got absolutely no aid from the anganwadi, nor any vaccination.
“The supply of micro-rich nutrient meals and ration given to anganwadi is tasked with ensuring that every child is given medical and nutritional care, but in Aliya’s case it never happened,” said Dr S G Pawara from Kalamb Public Health Centre.