DC asked to tackle malnutrition in kids

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Regional Commissioner K Rathnaprabha said here on Wednesday that a meeting was held following reports about the malnourished children. Deccan Herald had, in a report in its issue dated November 30, quoted a survey which said parents could not provide two square meals a day due to abject poverty.

The DC has been directed to go into all the reasons for the sorry state of affairs. The assistant commissioners and the tahsildars of the respective taluks have been asked to monitor the situation closely. They have been asked to form teams which would visit the anganwadi centres to take stock of the situation and check the quality of the food served there.

The Regional Commissioner said that providing nutritious food alone would not help and that there was a need to create awareness among the parents. The food has to be supplemented by locally available fruits and milk. The anganwadi workers have to be educated in this regard, Rathnaprabha said. She said it was important to take the mothers into confidence for the success of the programme.

The DC will hold monthly meetings with the district health officer and the deputy director of the Department of Women and Child Development and take the necessary steps.

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