Dimapur, November 26 (MExN): Thirteen children have died of malaria at M-Pen village in Miao subdivision of Changlang district, Arunachal Pradesh since October 2011. All the children belonging to Chakma minority were below the age of 12. A 2 year old child, son of Santosh Kumar, is the latest victim of the vector-borne disease. The child died on November 18. 6 years old Najuk Chakma, son of Judhistir Chakma, was the first victim, who died at Miao Civil Hospital on October 7. The total population of the village is over 1000 persons. The residents claimed that many more children are suffering from the illness. There is no health centre in the village. The villagers have to cover a distance of at least 7-8 kms by foot to reach the sub-divisional hospital in Miao.
This news report is published in the "Morung Express", an English daily of Nagaland in the "Front Brief Section" on 27 November 2011.