4% in 0-5 age group suffer from diarrhoea in Jalandhar

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 15:16 IST
The department surveyed 88,720 children and found 3,145 to be suffering from diarrhoea. (HT Representative Image)

Around 4% children in the 0-5 age group are suffering from diarrhoea, a fortnightly survey, conducted by the district health department from July 11 to July 23, has found.

The department surveyed 88,720 children and found 3,145 to be suffering from diarrhoea.

The survey also indicated about the prevalence of undernourishment in children in the district and findings raise a question mark on the availability of proper and nutritious diet to these children.

When the survey was started in the district, around 2.58 lakh children in this age group were registered with the department.

A total of 81 children were detected with danger signs and referred to hospitals for treatment.

The details gathered by the Hindustan Times show that the department failed to achieve the target of distributing 2.58 lakh packets of oral rehydration solution (ORS) among children.

The department had deputed 1,368 accredited social health activists (ASHAs), 419 auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), and 91 staff nurses to conduct the survey.

The health teams covered Adampur, Bara Pind, Bilga, Jamsher, Jandiala, Kala Bakra, Kartarpur, Mehatpur and Shahkot and urban areas. The teams visited 944 villages and 220 mohallas.

Children were given training of hand washing in as many as 1,133 government schools.

A senior department official said ASHAs and ANMs conducted house-to-house survey in these areas. The health teams also gave demonstrations to families on how to prepare the ORS solution so that children could be protected from the water-borne disease.

He added though figures were not alarming, yet there was a need to plan and take steps to ensure that all children below the five were free of diarrhoea.

He added that delayed supply of oral rehydration solution (ORS) packets had also made it difficult for the health department to achieve the distribution target.

Recently, Aryan, a 10-monthold child in Maqdoompura, lost his life due to diarrhoea that has also raised questions on the survey. Family members had claimed that he had been vomiting and suffering from loose motion for some days.

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