Infant, children mortality indicators improve, malnutrition worsens: NFHS

New Delhi: The NFHS data of 2019-20  has revealed that the infant and children mortality indicators under five years have improved over the last four years.

The data released for 22 states and Union Territories including Jammu and Kashmir also said malnutrition indicators have worsened at the same time. The disturbing trend emerging from the study is that the malnutrition indicators have worsened in most of the states.

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) also indicated that the proportion of children with stunting rose in 11 out of 18 states for which the data was available.

The data said stunting caused by chronic deficiency of food rose to 8 percentage points in Tripura, around 6 percentage points in Telangana an 4 percentage points in  Kerala and Himachal Pradesh.

It further revealed that other big states like Maharashtra and Gujarat have recorded marginal deterioration, with 35 per cent and 39 per cent children being stunted in these two states respectively.

Apart from malnutrition, there was also an increase in anemic children in many states with Assam recording a steep jump of 33 percentage points.

 

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