Joint team of health department and Integrated Child Development Services under the MP government’s Dastak Campaign came across two acute malnourished children at Shahdol and Tikamgarh districts. While one child was sent to Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre on Thursday, the other has been sent to the district hospital so that the cause of his severe anaemia could be first ascertained.
The first child 11-month-old Udayraj Kaul weighed only 5 kg and he was acutely anaemic. Average weight of a child of this age is about 9 kg.
Udayraj was sent to Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre at Biyohari by Janani Express. The child’s special treatment has begun at the centre.
Child’s father Bharatraj Kaul informed that Udairaj is their first son and he has been fed pulse water and rusk from the age of 8 months. Child’s mother said that he has been suffering from cough, cold and fever from last few months.
Similarly another severely malnourished child Rahul was found in Harpura village of Tikamgarh on Wednesday. The two-and-half-year old child’s haemoglobin was only 4 gram percent, while it should be 11 gram percent or above for a child of his age. He weighed only 9 kg against average weight of 13-14 kg and he was suffering from respiratory infection.
The child was sent to Tikamgarh district hospital to ascertain cause of severe anaemia. Child’s treatment under guidance of specialist doctors has already begun.
The state government launched fortnight-long Dastak campaign on November 16 to fight undernourishment among children.