Decline in number of malnourished children

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 10:35:10

Staff Reporter,

The number of malnourished children has declined following the efforts of reducing the malnourishment in district in last 7 to 8 months.  The District Programme Officer Mahila Avam Bal Vikas Manesh Sharma said that number of very less weight children in the district in January 2017 was 1,946, which fell to 1,689 by August. It is due to Government schemes that malnourishment has declined by 0.15% amongst children.

Through the 13 unified Child Development projects, 2,191 Anganwadi centres and 292 mini Anganwadi centres are being run in the district. Out of these, 84.50% i.e. 1,42,554 children were of general weight. Whereas, 14.50% i.e. 24,584 children are of lower weight and number of too less weight children is 1,689. Number of very less weight children registered at Anganwadi centres as on January 2017 was 1,946, i.e. 1.15 percent.

The District Programme Officer said that fresh cooked supplementary nutritious diet to all beneficiaries and take home ration, third food are provided in malnourished children are at Anganwadi centres. A total 1,239 children have been benefited through Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRC) in district who have been adopted by public representatives, officers under the Sneh Sarokar programme. The nutritive food is provided to children under the Sneh Sarokar scheme due to which improvement in health of children has been noticed. Health check up of children is being done through the health camps and monitoring is being done. 

According to District Programme officer, Panchwati nutrition, Lalima campaign, special nutrition campaign, special weight campaign and nutrition full village schemes are being run so that participation of community and coordination amongst different departments for quality nutrition amongst women and children would be achieved.