A study finds that institutional support alone cannot help reduce maternal mortality in India.

The infant mortality rate (IMR) is higher in the State compared to other South Indian states, according to S Selva Kumar, State mission director of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

For every 10 lakh children born every year in the State, nearly 35,000 die even before completing one year. This compares poorly with Kerala, which has reported 12,000 infant deaths, said Kumar. The officer said folk dance and drama were an effective means to create awareness on health among the people.

A two-day training programme for trainers got underway here today on prevention of anaemia among children to save them from malnutrition and importance of Vitamin A and zinc for them.

Iron is an important micronutrient essential for production of red blood cells (RBCs). It is a vital component of haemoglobin that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. Iron has an imperative role to play in the human body. It enables physical and mental growth and production of enzymes during recovery from illness or after strenuous exercise. A number of complications
occur due to insufficient iron in the body.

LUCKNOW: Objections have been raised over the inadequacy of the proposed National Food Security Bill which is proposed by the UPA government.

Health practitioners, policy-makers and activists here on Monday expressed concern over high prevalence of anaemia among adolescents and women in Rajasthan and called for evolving multi-sectoral strategies through convergence with various agencies for effective control of the syndrome caused by iron deficiency and malnutrition.

Addressing a workshop on “Anaemia: A major public health issue”, experts said the State Government’s Adolescent Anaemia Control Programme (AACP) could be supported by effective action in the spheres of education,

Who will now be held responsible? Whose negligence is all this? And will the guilty face the music?

At least 350 girls in Tezpur and 45 in Mangaldoi fell ill after they were given folic acid tablets under a National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme in Sonitpur and Darrang district on Wednesday. The Mangaldoi DC has ordered a magistrate-level inquiry into the incident. Condemning the incident, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has demanded of the State government to find out the manufacturers of the tablets and punish them.

The magnitude of problem of malnutrition among children and anaemia amongst women in India, including Gujarat, is borne by the fact that 41 per cent of children are underweight and 55 per cent wome

The Central team touring the State to assess the drought situation has concluded that the drought in Chitradurga district is severe.

A member of the team, D Rajashekar, Deputy Advisor, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, New Delhi, told mediapersons in Chitradurga on Tuesday that the water table had depleted and borewells have dried up. The team will recommend to the Centre in its report to roll out development schemes to alleviate the sufferings of the drought-affected, he said. He commended the officials for the drought-relief works taken up in the district.

About 80,000 children living in Raipur, Mahasamund and Durg districts between age group 3 to 15 years are suffering from sickle cell anemia a generic disorder that can be fatal.