Growing up stunted
Stunting, which reflects chronic undernutrition, is very high among tribal children in Madhya Pradesh. They can get nutritive foods from forests, but are denied access |
SHIVRAJ, NAMESAKE of the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, lost his one-year-old son Dharmraj in August this year. “His growth was extremely slow, and he was getting sicker and weaker with each passing day,” recalls Shivraj, a resident of Bhairopura village in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. When his condition worsened, Shivraj took him to the healthcare centre at Karahal, the block headquarters, where he was admitted to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (nrc) that provides care to children with severe acute malnutrition. After spending 14 days at nrc, Dharmraj’s condition improved and he was discharged. But back home, his health deteriorated again. And this time, he could not recover.
Till September this year, Bhairopura village had lost four children to commonlytreatable ailments like fever and diarrhoea. “All of them were malnourished,” says anganwadi worker Manorama Chauhan. Her growth chart of children shows 10 of the
At least 155 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre at Karahal block in Sheopur in September 2016 PHOTOGRAPHS: SRIKANT CHAUDHARY / CSE