Centre to treat malnutrition in districts

With reports of infant deaths creating ripples the timely launch of a centre to provide nutritious food to those suffering from malnutrition has come as a boon to the people in Chamarajanagar and surrounding districts.

Paediatrician Dr Raveendra, administrative officer Dr M Raghu and staff at the nutritious food and rehabilitation centre opened to curb death due to malnutrition at a hospital in Kollegal. dh photo

With the main objective to tackle malnutrition, which is claiming hundreds of lives of the infants the centre has been opened at the hospital in Kollegal under National Rural Health Scheme. With the opening of the centre, it is able to keep a tab on the health of the poor living in the rural areas coming under Kodagu, Hassan, Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts. The centre has five beds, a room to prepare nutritious food, hygienic toilets and sufficient space for the children to play. The children suffering from severe malnutrition will be admitted at the centre for 15 days and provided necessary food.

The person who accompanies the child would be given an incentive of  Rs 100 per day for 14 days. Two groups of children, five each in a group can avail the opportunities in the centre.

The children will be under the treatment of paediatrician Dr Raveendra and his team at the centre.

The Asha and anganwadi workers have already identified the children reeling under malnutrition, who will be provided treatment here.

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