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Government schemes reduce cases of child malnutrition in Dakshina Kannada

The implementation of the Ksheera Bhagya scheme and the egg service to schoolchildren has had significant results in the Dakshina Kannada district. After the implementation of the scheme, cases of severely malnourished children in Dakshina Kannada(Malnutrition among Children in Karnataka) have been reduced from 723 in 2013 to 53 to date.

Sundara Poojary, deputy director of the women’s and children’s development department, gave all the credit to the government’s plans, which have managed to eradicate malnutrition among children.

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Government schemes reduce cases of child malnutrition in Dakshina Kannada

In 2010, the number of highly malnourished children was 2,358 and when the scheme was implemented it was reduced to 723. After that, the number began to fall by half every fiscal year, from 723 to 486 in 2014. In 2015, it reduced further. to 242 and so far the district has only 55 of those children. We are sure that the number will be reduced to zero in another two or three years, ”Poojary told TOI.

Interestingly, half of the highly malnourished children aged 0 to 6 are in Mangaluru Taluk, including the city area. Others are from Puttur, Belthangady and some are from Sullia. “The reason for healthy children in talks like Sullia, Puttur or Belthangady is due to their eating habits, which are healthy.”

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The Ksheera Bhagya scheme and the egg for malnourished children were launched in August 2013 in coordination with the KMF. According to the scheme, children receive 150 ml of milk per day for 5 days in a week. Apart from that, highly malnourished children receive Rs 2,000 for buying supplements and medications. They also receive more food from Anganwadi centers, Poojary said.

The official said the reasons for high malnutrition are both medical and hereditary. There is also a specific problem in this region: malnutrition among the Kudubi community. “In general, they are not malnourished, but due to their physical appearance, they are classified in malnourished children. Otherwise, they are healthy and active, ”he explained.

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