452 Odisha Children Found With Severe Acute Malnutrition; Nabarangpur Tops List

Bhubaneswar: While the Odisha Government has identified 452 children afflicted with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in the 30 districts, tribal-dominated Nabarangpur district has the maximum.

The Assembly was informed today by Women and Child Development (W&CD) Minister Tukuni Sahu while replying to a question posed by senior Congress lawmaker Santosh Singh Saluja.

Tabling official data on the floor of the House, the W&CD Minister further informed that 57 SAM children have been traced out in Nabarangpur district that is highest among the 30 districts of Odisha followed by 45 SAM children in Keonjhar district while Mayurbhanj and Koraput districts have registered 29 and 28 SAM children respectively.

Apprising the members of the House on the measures taken by the State Government for the identified SAM children, the W&CD Minister said those children are shifted to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center (NRC) immediately.

She added that the Anganwadi workers visit door to door for reviewing the health condition of the SAM children and also sensitize their parents.

The House was also informed that the SAM children, aged between six months and three years, are being fed with additional nutritional diets under the scheme of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).