Another tribal infant dies in Attappadi

In yet another incident of tribal infant death, a three-day-old child, who choked while being breastfed and developed complications, died at a hospital in Palakkad on Thursday evening, officials said.

The infant, a boy, was born on Monday to a couple, hailing from Melechuttara hamlet in Puthur panchayat in Attappadi, one of the largest tribal settlements in the state.

Though the newborn was rushed to a super speciality hospital, he died later, health department officials said.

Of the 11 infant deaths in Attappadi this year, six had died following complications after choking while being breastfed, they added.