Taking note of the cases of malnutrition in the past few months, the Maharashtra health department has decided to hold special health camps in affected districts.
Minister Suresh Shetty has given a three-month deadline to the officials to show a significant dip in cases of malnutrition in Thane, Amravati and Nandurbar districts. Shetty, on Thursday, conducted a meeting of health officials and reviewed the measures taken by the department.
“The health department have fixed responsibilities on officials to monitor cases of mothers dying during childbirth or child deaths in rural areas. We plan to send two development groups each to the three affected districts to hold health camps within the next 15 days,” Shetty said.
In the meeting it was decided that the camps will be held at Jawahar and Mokhada in Thane district, Akkalkuwa at Nandurbar, and Chikhaldhara and Dharni in Amravati districts. “We have asked the groups to survey the area, get data on the number of malnourished children, the medical facilities provided to them, and a report of the health services provided and the improvement seen,” he said.
The government has also asked non-government organisations (NGOs) to help them in providing balanced nutrition to the children during treatment.
While Thane district has an organisation called Karam, which works in collaboration with the government, the department has invited NGOs from the other two districts to assist them.