Continuous decline in the level of malnutrition of children
1.70 lakh children became malnutrition-free in the state
Malnutrition rate in Chhattisgarh is less than the national average
Malnutrition in Chhattisgarh is less than other states
Raipur, March 7
Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyaan (Chief Minister’s Nutrition Campaign) proved to be successful in reducing malnutrition rate in Chhattisgarh. According to the data of the “Vajan Tyohar” (weight festival) organized by the Department of Women and Child Development in the state from 2016 to 2022, the rate of malnutrition has dropped down continuously. The data reveals that the rate of child malnutrition has come down from 30.13 per cent to just 19.86 per cent. The reduction in malnutrition rate in the state by about 10.27 per cent is a remarkable achievement. In Chhattisgarh, nearly 1.70 lakh children have become free from malnutrition with the successful implementation of Chief Minister’s Nutrition Campaign which started from October 2, 2019.
It is worth mentioning that the women and child development department takes the weight of all the children in a particular period and determines the nutritional level during weight festival. In July 2021, weight of about 22 lakh children was taken by the department within 10 days and nutritional assessment was done. The state government has ensured that the data of the weight festival is verified by external agencies as well.
According to the data of National Family Health Survey-5, the rate of malnutrition has reduced in Chhattisgarh. The national average for malnutrition is 32.1 per cent, while that in Chhattisgarh is 31.3 per cent. Thus malnutrition in Chhattisgarh is less than the national average. Besides, according to the National Family Health Survey-4 year 2015-16, the rate of malnutrition in Chhattisgarh was 37.7 per cent, while the national average rate at that time was 35.8 per cent. According to the survey report of NFHS-5, the rate of malnutrition in the state of Chhattisgarh has come down by 6.4 per cent and this rate has dipped to just 31.3 per cent now. The report of National Family Health reveals that efforts made by the Chhattisgarh Government to reduce malnutrition have shown positive results.
Meanwhile, according to NFHS-5, the level of malnutrition among children in Chhattisgarh is less than the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Bihar.