When you think of malnutrition, the areas which strike your mind are the adivasi areas of Palghar, Nashik and Melghat, which lack adequate health services. Children there suffer from nutritional deficiencies. But, will you believe that even in Mumbai, children are suffering from malnutrition. Yes! You have heard it right. Apnalaya NGO has made shocking revelations claiming that malnutrition is a worrisome issue, even in Mumbai.
According to a survey conducted by Apnalaya, 50 per cent of the children in Mumbai’s Govandi area are malnourished and 35 per cent of the children are underweight.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Ninad Salunkhe, project director Apnalaya said, “Every month, health workers go to the M-ward area to check the health of the children. The survey on malnutrition was done last month. This survey included three and a half thousand children aged between 0 to 6 years. In this health checkup, 50 per cent of the children were found to be malnourished.”
The survey was done in Rafi Nagar, Sainagar, Nirankari Nagar, Budhnagar, Shantinagar, Indiranagar and Adarshnagar slums and dumping ground.
The survey revealed:
- Weight of 18 per cent of children was not according to their height
- According to their age, 53 per cent children were short.
- 44 per cent children were underweight
- Two children are malnourished in every four children in Govandi
Salunkhe informed, “Various programs are organised every year in this area through the organisation to tackle malnutrition. These children are also provided with nutritious food. However, if children are found to be malnourished, firstly, we inform their parents and then counsel them. Sometimes, parents refuse to believe that their child is malnourished. In such situation, we take them into confidence and explain them.”