Monday, 18 April 2011

MALNUTRITION: India: Widespread malnutrition among children in Bihar

Nishant Sinha,  Apr 17, 2011
PATNA: Bihar accounts for 58 percent malnutrition amongst children which is above the national average of 46 percent. And though the government is committed to provide the best medicare facilities to the people of the state, several factors are responsible for high incidence of malnutrition in children which include non-availability of health services, absence of community workers, low institutional delivery and non-access to cheap medicines.
These apart, cultural practices as early marriage and pregnancy and breastfeeding, too, contribute to higher malnutrition rate in the state.
The state health department has initiated several measures addressing the problem of non-availability of health services, including inadequate number of primary health centres (PHCs), community health centres ( CHCs) and community workers/auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs)/nurses. The minister concerned as well as the officials had on several occasions admitted the constraints.

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