Bira Gadal, Republica Daily, 24 May 2018
Pregnant women and teenage girls are facing anemia due to lack of nutrition. The case of anemia could be seen high in pregnant women and their children, women of reproductive age group, teenage girls, a report suggests. According to the statistics, of the 28 thousand teenage girls in the district, 43 percent of them are suffering from the anemia.
The reason for the increased in the number of cases is due to lack of nutrition during pregnancy and menstruation, habits of junk food and highly bleeding, stated Santosh Pandey, Health Focal person of District Health Office, Baitadi.
According to the report of Nepal’s Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) 2011, the anemia patients was 39 percent. The number has increased to 43.6 percent in 2016. Likewise, the children’s suffering from anemia was 46 percent and now it is 53 per cent in the district.
The anemia was seen terrific in the teenage girls of 15-19 years age group, which affects the entire human life cycle. So, the iron tablet and Folic acid have been distributed to 28 thousand teenage girls to prevent anemia under the government’s multi-regional nutrition program.
The program is benefitted for the locals, which prevent from dwarfness to newly born baby. The rate of dwarfness has been declined to 36 percent from 41 percent. Nagendra Singh Dhami, coordinator of District Shuaahara Office stated that the rate of low weight problem has also declined to 27 percent from 35.
The Sunaulo Hajar Din program is in operation with the coordination of Suaahara to eliminate anemia. Under the multi-regional nutrition program, to change the nutrition habit of the pregnant and teenage girls, the Suaahara has been providing hen, which lay five thousand eggs, seasonal and non-seasonal vegetables, and and taught about the organic food habits and sanitation habits, said Suresh Dutta Bhatta coordinator of District Suaahara and Cooperation Organization Nation. Bhatta said, “Most of the pregnant women do not follow appropriate health-related activities during mensuration due to superstition.’