In a heart-wrenching incident, A 32-year-old woman killed her 6-month-old son by jumping into the well with him as she did not have enough money to pay for the treatment, who was suffering from dengue at Belukuruchi in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu.
The deceased have been identified as P Anbukodi and her son Sarvin.
P Anbukodi and her husband Perisaswamy, a barber, of Belukurichi village took their child to a private hospital in Salem on Monday morning after he fell ill.
After some tests, the hospital confirmed he was suffering from dengue and presented a huge bill that worked out to Rs 5,000 per day.
Anbukodi appeared upset as they did not have enough money to treat their son. “Periyasamy tried his best to convince her that their son would be alright,” Palanisamy said.
Periyasamy slept around 3 am while Anbukodi remained near Sarvin.
When Periyasamy woke up around 3.45am, Anbukodi and Sarvin were missing. He began to search for them. Later, he came to know that she had jumped into a well with Sarvin.
The fire and rescue department personnel retrieved the bodies from the well and they have been sent to Rasipuram government hospital for post-mortem examination. Police have registered a case and further investigations are on.
Various camps are organised to treat dengue and create an awareness around the disease, but there is a lack of staff members.
The government has allocated Rs 16 crore for mosquito eradication programme. But the problem, a government health official said, is that the dengue-spreading mosquito breeds in clean water which makes it difficult for workers to achieve significant success.