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41% children underweight, 61% women anemic in state

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Nov 19:

A Malnourished Child
A Malnourished Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.7% of the children in Odisha are underweight and more girls than boys suffer from severe malnourishment in the state. 61% women in Odisha have anemia and girls are slightly more likely to be anemic than boys (67% vs. 64%). Bolangir and Kalahandi ( 99 and 98 per thousand respectively) account for  the highest Female Infant Mortality Rate in the state.

The total fertility rate (TFR) of the state is lower than the national average but there has been a significant decline in the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) which now stands at 258. The IMR has shown a decline but there is with Female IMR being 58 and the Male IMR being 52.

These facts, revealed by the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS) report, were among the issues that were taken up  at a workshop on Health Issues affecting Women and Girls of Odisha, organized here at today to develop inputs for the Odisha State Policy for the Girl Child and women.

The workshop was part of the series of Odisha State Policy for Girl Child and Women consultations over various programmes, schemes and provisions for the empowerment of women and the development of the girl child.

The total fertility rate (TFR) of the state is lower than the national average but there has been a significant decline in the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) which now stands at 258. The IMR has shown a decline but there is with Female IMR being 58 and the Male IMR being 52.

Workshop of Health Issues Affecting Girls, Women
Workshop of Health Issues Affecting Girls, Women

Director, Social Welfare S.Aswasthi, MD of NHM  Roopa Mishra, State Programme Coordinator UNFPA Dr Deepa Prasad and Director, Family Welfare Dr Shashikanta Mishra were present at the inaugural session.

In the brainstorming session that  followed the inaugural, Dr. Seba Mohapatra presented a detailed report on health issues of children, adolescent, reproductive, post menopausal remedies and disabled girls and women.

Director (ST)-cum-Additional Secretary & Director, SCSTRTI Dr. A.B.Ota spoke on the status of health of women and girls in tribal communities and recommended various measures to deal with the issues involved..

Various other women health issues like reproductive health beyond maternal health, reproductive morbidities, prevention and treatment of cancer of the uterus, ovary, and breast were also discussed by eminent specialists.