The tribal infant mortality rate has come down as compared to the rates of last three to four years.
There were alarming number of infant deaths in 2013 and 2014, but has come down this year.
According to a report sent by tribal health nodal officer Dr R Prebhudas to the government, in Attapati, it was 14 in 2015, 12 in Kerala and 27 in India. The figure was 30 in 2013 and 15 in 2014, as mentioned in the reports.
Apart from this, there were no starvation deaths in Attapati, however, liquor consumption is still a big issue according to secretary of Thaikula Sangham (a women's self-help group fighting against liquor and drugs in Attapadi.
Over the past three years, IMR came down among the 30,000-strong tribal population due to the work done in the health sector, the report said. The number of severe acute malnutrition children came down to 52 in 2015 from 299 in 2013 while the number of moderate acute malnutrition came down to 296 in 2015 from 600 in 2013. The number of abortions came down to 34 in 2015 from 77 in 2013, as mentioned in the report.
In addition to that, the weight of newborns rose from 1.5 kg to 2.5 kg in 2015 but shortage of protein food like cereal, pulses and meat created the malnutrition problem, Prebhudas said.
While some experts also believe that PM Modi’s comparison of Kerala tribes with that of Somalia is unnecessary and unfair. Also, the tribal areas of Kerala have far better condition than Somalia.