National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report of 2015-16 released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reveals a shocker. In Chandigarh, children aged between 6-59 months have a high prevalence of anaemia in them. Against the national prevalence of 58.4 per cent for this category, Chandigarh has 73%.
Not just this, the health of Chandigarh women is not that rosy too. The prevalence rate of anaemia amongst them is as high as 76%.
What The Stats Reveal
Here is what the stats reveal about the prevalence of Anaemia of kids all around the country.
|State/Union Territory||Prevalence of Anaemia in Kids(6-59 months)|
|Punjab||Lower Than Chandigarh|
|Himachal Pradesh||Lower Than Chandigarh|
Anaemia is a condition, which is marked by low levels of haemoglobin in the blood.
Anemia Prevalence in Chandigarh Women
|State/Union Territory||Prevalence of Anaemia in Women|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli||80%|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||66%|
What are the Major Reasons for Anaemia in Children?
UT health officials have maintained that the exact cause of high anaemia prevalence among kids here is still not known for want of any dedicated research study on it. However, major reasons believed are:
- Improper diet,
- childhood illness(malnutrition, diarrhoea, worm infestations)
- Iron supplementation not done by mother as prescribed to them.
- Poor nutritional intake by women.
Reasons for Amaemia High Prevalence Among Chandigarh Women
Poor nutritional diet.
Rashmi Bagga, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has blamed poor diet for iron deficiency amongst Chandigarh women.
Let’s hope that the situation does not remain such for long.
News Source – The Indian Express
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