A two-month-old baby suffering from malnutrition in Swamikartik Khapar Rural Municipality, Bajura, was rescued after The Himalayan Times daily covered a news story about the plight of the baby.

Bal Bahadur BK, a local, said the minor was struggling for life for want of treatment. The baby was brought to Kolti Primary Health Centre for treatment after the news story was published in this daily. The mother is also suffering from malnutrition. Milk for the baby and treatment expenses were managed following the news.

Kolti Primary Health Centre Chief Dr Raju Raj Jaisi said both the baby and mother were receiving treatment at the health centre. He said that the mother and the baby were malnourished due to acute food crisis in the district.

For the food and treatment of both the mother and the baby, Jangbu Sherpa provided Rs 15,000, Suprasana Gurung provided Rs 5,000, Bikram Tamata Rs 1,000, Niru Subba Rs 3,000, and Sailendra Thapa Rs 2,000. Similarly, Indra Gurung chipped in Rs 5,000, Nisha Shahi Rs 3,000, Suman Piya Rs 2500, Anita Limbu Rs 10,000 and Amit Dhungana provided Rs 10,000.

The mother of the baby said she was very happy and thanked all the helping hands. The baby's life was at risk due to lack of nutritious food. Her three children had died due to malnutrition.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.