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Dubai: A Dubai-based Indian woman has sought financial aid from local residents for treatment of her ill and prematurely-born baby, media reported on Tuesday.

Mary Oshiya Kochery Jolly, 28, a contract nurse originally from Kerala, gave birth to a baby boy on May 23.

According to health sources, the baby, however, was born two months premature, with respiratory problems, a possible haemorrhage and severe hyponatremia (low-sodium concentration in the blood) which is associated with congestive heart, liver and kidney failure and pneumonia, Khaleej Times reported.

Now, a month after the baby’s birth, Mary is facing enormous medical bills and little possibility of being able to pay for continued treatment. “I was working before, on contract, but now I am not,” she said.

“The treatment costs about 4,000 Dirhams ($1,089) a day. We have paid 40,000 ($10,890) Dirhams but still owe 95,000 Dirhams ($25,865), as of today.”

Mary hopes that local residents see it in their hearts to help her during the holy month of Ramadan.

“It is our only option. We have reached out to some Islamic organisations, which are not working until July because of Ramadan,” she said.

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Every Day In Madhya Pradesh 61 Children Die, Official Data Shows

This information was given by Minister for Woman and Child Development Archana Chitnis

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Contrary to the claims of the Madhya Pradesh government of protecting children from malnutrition and various diseases, official data shows that every day no less than 61 kids in the 0-9 age group die for the same reasons.

This information was given by Minister for Woman and Child Development Archana Chitnis in the state Assembly in response to a question by Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat.

The Congress legislator had sought to know how many children were found under-weight and how many of them died between February and May 2018.

Chitness replied that a total of 1,183,985 children were found to be under-weight, out of which 103,083 were critically low on weight.

She further informed that during the period, 6,024 infants aged up to one year and 1,308 children between one and five years died due to various diseases.

Minister for Woman and Child Development Archana Chitnis
Minister for Woman and Child Development Archana Chitnis. Flickr

Rawat said it is a sad commentary on the state of childcare in the state.

“The state government has been making tall claims on children’s healthcare. But 7,332 children dying over a period of 120 days means 61 kids are dying every day!” he said.

The Minister said that at a review meeting on September 15, 2016, it was decided to issue a white paper on childcare in the state and a committee for the purpose had also been constituted.

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But the points of reference of the committee are yet to finalised and no meeting of the panel has been held as yet. (IANS)

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