A seven-month-old boy died of acute malnutrition (Grade-4) at LLR Hospital of GSVM Medical College late on Friday night.
The deceased was identified as Santosh, resident of Sharda Nagar. He had been admitted to the paediatrics department of LLR Hospital since September 8. Prior to death, Santosh weighed just 3kg against the normal weight of 8kg.
Dr SK Gautam, who was treating Santosh said, “He was acutely malnourished because of which he had developed secondary infections like pneumonia and septicaemia that eventually proved fatal.”
Notably, this is the first death due to malnutrition that has come to the fore in the city, as most of the times such cases are hushed up.
Santosh’s father Ratan said, “I am a labourer and didn’t have enough money to arrange for Santosh’s diet. Since his birth, no Anganwadi or health worker ever visited my home to take height and weight measurement of my child.”
It is imperative for Anganwadi workers to perform household survey twice in a year to identify malnourished children.
Similarly, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) are also supposed to perform annual household survey to identify malnourished children.
District programme officer Shashi Srivastava, who looks after the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) programme, said “A total of 228 Grade-4 malnourished children are enrolled with us.”
Officials in the health department said the figure was a mockery of the actual situation.
According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) of the Government of India, there should be minimum 38,640 acute malnourished children in Kanpur, said an official.