Malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh: 50 children die in six months

Published on 10 February 2009

Malnutrition has claimed the lives of over 50 children in Madhya Pradesh in less than six months. The main reasons being ascribed to the deaths are poorly-equipped government health centres and failure of government schemes to reach a majority of the impoverished, say NGOs. [...] According to the National Health Survey data, the number of malnourished children in the 0-5 years age group is 33,000, which is about 60 percent of the total child population in Madhya Pradesh. The state has with the assistance of the UNICEF and the World Food Programme unveiled several special schemes like the 'Bal Shakti Yojana', 'Shaktimaan' and the 'Bal Sanjeevani Abhiyan', which seek to treat severely malnourished children. "But one can make out the level of nourishment provided to children from the state of anganwadis. They lack basic facilities like seating arrangement, drinking water, separate toilets or space to cook nutritious food," Jain said.

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