Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 August 2015
News updated at 11:16 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Poverty sapping children of their vitals in DJ Halli

Niveditha Jain, Bangalore, Augsut 27, 2013, DHNS:

Malnutrition: Health camps expose City's underbelly as cases come to fore

Pitiable condition: Children suffering from malnourishment and other illnesses are  undergoing treatment at the Bowring Hospital. dh photo

Being children is no joyful experience in DJ Halli. Most children here are malnourished and suffer from one or the other disease. But the bigger tragedy is that the poverty-stricken families of these children cannot afford to get them treated.

Their parents fear losing wages if they skip work and take their wards to hospitals.
A health check-up conducted on August 20, 21 and 24 by doctors from BBMP’s referral hospitals showed that out of 108 children from DJ Halli, 58 were afflicted with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and a few children also had other disabilities.

However, out of them only six children are currently taking referral treatment at Bowring Hospital. Two have been discharged in the last two days. All of them are aged below six years. Doctors had suggested the parents of Ayesha, 4, who is disabled, to take her to the Association of People with Disability (APD), so that calipers can be fitted to her leg. Unfortunately, that was not to be.  

Ayesha’s mother Farhana said, “My eldest child too is suffering from the same disability and I have a younger child also to look after. My husband, a daily wage worker, had already taken the day off for the health camp. Taking her for treatment means he would have to take more leaves. If I stay in hospital with Ayesha, who will take care of my other two children?”

Low haemoglobin level

Looking after one-and-half-year-old Daniel at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) in Bowring Hospital is her grandmother Palaniamma. Doctors at the health camp had told the boy’s parents that he had very low haemoglobin level and needed blood transfusion immediately.

She said: “We come from a very poor background and Daniel’s mother died four months ago. His father is the only bread earner. So, I am taking care of my grandson.”

The Palike had also conducted a health check-up of 2.8 lakh children in slums and the nearby anganwadi centres.

The doctors found that 3,418 were malnourished and were given protein powder, vitamin supplements and syrup. A few were referred to the anganwadi PHC and Bowring Hospital.

“Most parents from DJ Halli are unaware about things like food quality, nutrition value and what food to give their children,” said a official from BBMP Health department.
Bowring Hospital authorities said a total of 16 malnourished children were admitted in the last one week. They hail from DJ Halli, Marathahalli, Vibhutipura, KR Puram and other places.

‘No overnight solution’
Health Minister U T Khader told Deccan Herald that he had received a memorandum including recommendations such as setting up of an NRC at DJ Halli and improving facilities at PHCs there.
“It is not possible to eradicate malnutrition or to set up NRC overnight. There are three NRCs in the City (Vani Vilas Hospital, Bowring Hospital and Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health) which cater to malnutrition problems. People should access facilities there,” he said. 
NGOs and staff from the Department of Women and Child Development should coordinate and keep tabs on affected children, he added.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523