2,000 children suffering from malnutrition in Bajura, says DPHO

August 18, 2017

Bajura : At least 2,000 children are suffering from malnutrition, according to data with the District Public Health Office (DPHO).

Malnutrition is a condition that results from consuming diet in which nutrients are either not enough, or are too much, thus causing health problems.

Despite the government and other organisations launching various campaigns against malnutrition, the Far-Western district, which is ranked lowest on Human Development Index, is laggard in the march to progress.

In a bid to eliminate the disease from the district, the DPHO has launched Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM), said DPHO officer Ramesh Kunwar. Under the IMAM, awareness building campaigns are held, while dietary tips are provided to patients.

Patients with malnutrition are often advised to increase intake of protein, carbohydrates, water, minerals and vitamins.
The patients aged above one to below five are tested positive for the disease during a check-up, said the DPHO, adding that 600 among them are of severe cases while 1400 moderate.

Six health institutions in the district—District Public Health Office, Tante Health Post, Kolti Primary Health Centre, Rugin Health Post and Gotri Health Post--are providing treatment by running treatment centre for malnourished children, said IMAM district coordinator Dr Udaya Prakash. RSS