"Around 70% children in Haryana are anaemic and the dose of iron pills is essential for them. Around 16 lakh children have been given iron pills in the state and only one among 2,000 complained of nausea, vomiting or stomach ache. These are mild side effects for short duration.
Most of the cases reported in rural areas are psychological, hysteric or having a domino effect,"said Rakesh Gupta , director, National Rural Health Mission (Haryana), while talking to mediapersons here on Thursday. He said Haryana was a prosperous state but its children were under-nourished due to iron deficiency and supplement was necessary.
Gupta said that only children who had taken the pills empty stomach and didn't consumer much water complained about the side effects, which lasted a few hours. "The United Nations and World
Health Organisation had tested the pills before supplying it to the state of Haryana. The pill is to be swallowed and must not be chewed," he said.
He said that the dose has been halved to 50 mg as a precautionary measure. Gupta said the health department had set up seven warehouses for the supply of medicines to government hospitals. He was accompanied by additional deputy commissioner Ashok Garg and civil surgeon Dr Ashok Chaudhry.