State launches new fight against mal­nu­tri­tion

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MUM­BAI: Al­though the per­cent­age of mal­nu­tri­tion in the state has im­proved by 8% in the past six years tak­ing it above the na­tional av­er­age, cases are on the rise in peri-ur­ban ar­eas such as Nashik.

This was re­vealed by a sur­vey re­port done by the Unicef and re­leased by chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van who launched a five- point pro­gramme on Fri­day to fight the men­ace over the next four years.

The pro­gramme will fo­cus on 1,000 days cru­cial in the process of a child start­ing from its con­cep­tion.

“It in­cludes re­duc­tion of ane­mia in women to 26% from 52%, re­duc­tion of birth rate to 10% from 20%, and im­prov­ing the rate of breast feed­ing to the new­born to 80% from the ex­ist ing 61%. The tar­get is set to be achieved by the end of 2017,” Cha­van said.

“We are not claim­ing that the men­ace of mal­nu­tri­tion has been erad­i­cated from the state. The is­sue of mal­nour­ish­ment is se­ri­ous in cer­tain pock­ets and we have for­mu­lated a time bound pro­gramme... We will con­cen­trate on the worse off pock­ets in­clud­ing the ones in Nashik,” he said.

The re­port says the nu­tri­tional sta­tus of chil­dren in Nashik di­vi­sion is worse than in Am­ra­vati di­vi­sion where Mel­ghat re­gion has be­come a syn­onym for mal­nu­tri­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Fam­ily Health Sur­vey 200506, the state av­er­age of nu­tri­tional pa­ram­e­ters stunt­ing, un­der­weight and wast­ing stood at 39%, 19.9% and 29.6% re­spec­tively.

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