Special care sought for malnourished children

June 05, 2013 08:29 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 10:43 am IST - PALAKKAD

Kochi, Kerala – 07/05/2013 : Pregnant mothers waiting for their mid day meal at an anganvady at South South Kadampara  tribal hamlet in Attappady. The materials for the the meal comes from the ration shop - a sign of how the adivasis have lost their agricultural land and depend on the states  largesse. Photo : Thulasi Kakkat

Kochi, Kerala – 07/05/2013 : Pregnant mothers waiting for their mid day meal at an anganvady at South South Kadampara tribal hamlet in Attappady. The materials for the the meal comes from the ration shop - a sign of how the adivasis have lost their agricultural land and depend on the states largesse. Photo : Thulasi Kakkat

A health survey undertaken by a team of doctors headed by paediatric surgeon E.K. Sathyan of Indira Gandhi Co-operative Medical College, Kochi, found that all the 132 tribal children up to the age of six years who were screened at the camp were malnourished.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Dr. Sathyan and Dr. Sethu of Prakrithi Jeevana Samithi said tribal children and their mothers from 40 tribal hamlets in Attappady were examined at the camp conducted on May 19 and 20.

All the children were found to be underweight. Four per cent of the children were affected by sickle cell anaemia, a genetic disorder, and one per cent among them were found to be mentally challenged.”

He said “99 per cent of the children screened were much below the average weight during birth. This is because of anaemia and poor health conditions of mothers during delivery.”

He said 60 per cent of the deliveries were pre-mature leading to the death of infants.

He said malnourished children with severe problems should be admitted to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre being started at

Agali. The mothers should be given special treatment and care to improve their health.

Dr. Sathyan said pregnant women should be provided medical care and nutritious food from the very beginning of their pregnancy.

The Health survey was organised by ‘Thambu’, a voluntary organisation working among the tribal people of Attappady.

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