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Govt steps up to treat women with anaemia.

T HE MODI government is gearing up to deal with the curse of anaemia affecting the majority of pregnant women in India. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken several steps, which include, among others, the need to provide universal screening to pregnant women and also give them iron and folic acid tablets during their ante- natal visits through existing network of health centres.

As per a recent survey, around 58 per cent of pregnant women in the country are anaemic, with the prevalence of the deficiency being greater in rural women than their urban counterparts.

" As reported by the National Family Planning Health Survey III -- 2005- 06, 55.3 per cent of all women in age group of 15- 49 years, 56.2 per cent of married women and 58.7 per cent of pregnant women are anaemic in India," said Health Minister J. P. Nadda in the Lok Sabha. P REGNANT women, teenage girls and women of reproductive age are among the most vulnerable to iron deficiency anaemia because of high iron requirements. Increasing iron intake during adolescence to prepare for pregnancy is crucial to decreasing the risk of iron deficiency anaemia and negative birth outcomes.

Every pregnant woman is given 100 tablets of iron and folic acid, after the first trimester, to be taken one tablet daily and same is continued during the post- natal period. Pregnant women, who are found to be clinically anaemic, are given additional 100 tablets for taking two tablets daily. This has been now expanded to six months during ANC and six months during PNC.

women for educating them on dietary diversification.

Interestingly, according to a malnutrition mapping project, as many as 50 per cent of all pregnant women in India are anaemic.

What's worse is that as many as 74 per cent of children under five suffer from the same problem. The ' Malnutrition Mapping Project' is an interactive tool that includes an online map for country- specific information and insights into the global challenge of malnutrition.

The Centre has given directions to the states for identification and tracking of severely anaemic cases at all the sub- centres and PHCs for their timely management.

To tackle the problem of anemia due to malaria particularly in pregnant women and children, Long Lasting Insecticide Nets ( LLINs) and Insecticide Treated Bed Nets ( ITBNs) are being distributed in endemic areas. The minister informed that 184 High Priority Districts ( HPDs) have been identified and prioritised for Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health+ Adolescent ( RMNCH+ A) interventions for achieving improved maternal and child health outcomes.

He added that safe motherhood booklet is being distributed to the pregnant As per a recent survey, 58 per cent of pregnant women in India are anaemic

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Date:May 12, 2015
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