Express news service
KALABURAGI: While there is a heated debate over providing eggs to schoolchildren at midday meals, the consumption of eggs, milk and bananas has improved the level of nutrition of malnourished children from six months to six years enrolled in Anganwadis in five districts of the Kalyana Karnataka region, shows surveys carried out by the Department for the Protection of Women and Children in September and November.
Senior sources in the department told TNIE: âAfter learning that the nutritional level of children enrolled in Bidar, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur and Koppal districts of Kalyana Karnataka region is low compared to other districts of Karnataka , the department conducted a survey in September to find out the number of normal children, moderately malnourished and severely malnourished children in the age group six months to six years in Anganwadis by weighing them.
Koppal district has the most malnourished children in Karnataka
The survey was repeated in the last week of November and found considerable improvement in the children. Although there was an improvement in all categories of nutrition levels (normal, moderately underweight and severe malnutrition) in all districts of the state, it was still weak in the districts of Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal and Ballari from the KK region.
The number of moderately malnourished children from 32,300 (7.65%) in September fell to 30,384 (7.14%) in November. While in the case of severely malnourished children, the decrease is from 8,028 (0.19%) to 6,874 (0.16%). But the number of moderately and severely underweight children continues to be high in five of the six districts of Kalyana Karnataka region compared to other districts, the sources said.
While the state average for moderately malnourished children is 7.14 percent, in six districts of Kalyana Karnataka it is 12.2 percent. The national average for severely malnourished children is 0.16 percent (6,874 children), while in Kalyana Karnataka it is 0.24 percent (2,906 children).
Koppal district has the highest number of severely underweight children in the state with 0.35%, followed by Kalaburagi with 0.32%, Yadgir 0.27%, Raichur 0.23%, Ballari 0.20% and Bidar 0.08%. Chikkamagaluru district has the third highest number of severely underweight children with 0.29 percent. Koppal district has the highest number of moderately malnourished children with 15.21 percent, followed by Raichur with 14.98 percent, Yadgir 13.29 percent, Kalaburagi 11.15 percent, Ballari 10, 51 percent and Bidar 8.56 percent.
In addition to providing eggs, milk and bananas, severely malnourished children are treated in nutritional rehabilitation centers (NRCs) of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, which has helped improve the nutritional level of children. children, according to sources.