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Adoption a way out of malnutrition, says Khunti

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Shishir Kumar

Ranchi: The Khunti district administration has found a novel way to curb malnutrition in its periphery. The state capital’s neighborhood hopes to be malnutrition free in next 75 days. The district has 102 cases of malnutrition according to the surveys by the CDPOs.

Shishir Kumar

Ranchi: The Khunti district administration has found a novel way to curb malnutrition in its periphery. The state capital’s neighborhood hopes to be malnutrition free in next 75 days. The district has 102 cases of malnutrition according to the surveys by the CDPOs.

In a joint meeting of the district administration and the health employees it was decided that a team of an Anganwadi Sewika and an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) or a doctor would adopt at least one child suffering from malnutrition.

Talking to News Wing Khunti DC Suraj Kumar shared that the idea is not just to fight malnutrition but also to make every child in the district healthy. “Each team or the doctor who has volunteered shall be responsible for talking care of the suffering child. It shall be their duty to bring the child to the malnutrition center and take proper care of the child till they become healthy,” he added.

Kumar said that they have kept a time limit of two and a half months for eradicating malnutrition. “We are starting with those children who are suffering from malnutrition, once this target is achieved we shall apply the same for curing the underweight children in Khunti,” he added.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand is still in the top five list of malnutrition in the country. 92.8 per cent of children in Jharkhand within the age group of 6–23 months do not receive adequate diet as per the latest National Family Health Survey findings. The NFHS data on child feeding practices and nutritional status of children further suggest that 67 per cent in Jharkhand are not breastfed within the first hour of birth.

In midst, Khunti is moving ahead in eradicating malnutrition. “We have seen in villages that a family has four or five children. They do not get sufficient or proper food. It just three days since we have been working on the plans and the improvement in their health is visible. We are happy to serve them and make our district malnutrition free,” Dr Nageshwar Manjhi, in-charge of Torpa Referral Hospital told NW.

Kumar said that it was indeed a great sign that the health officials are enthusiastic over the plan. “We have budget for this scheme, however, the doctors wanted to bear the expense on their own. He hope to successfully achive our target in the estimated time,” he concluded.

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