Karnataka aims to streamline its nutrition programmes

Haveri (Karnataka), Jun 16 (IANS): Karnataka has ready a roadmap to deal with the attainable third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that’s more likely to have an effect on the youngsters extra.

As per its plans, the state authorities goes to strengthen its diet programmes to boost the diet degree of the youngsters within the state, Women and Child Welfare Minister, Shashikala Jolle, stated on Tuesday.

After reviewing the kid diet programme right here, Jolle advised reporters that there are round 4.47 lakh malnourished youngsters within the state and amongst these, 7,751 are severely malnourished.

“Currently our focus is to streamline and enhance the methods to deal with malnourishment, as these programmes have been severely affected as a result of extended lockdowns and extreme restrictions on transport motion. We try to deal with these points on a case by case foundation,” she defined.

The minister added that malnutrition is a significant public well being emergency in the course of the pandemic.

“Malnutrition per se might not result in loss of life however in these pandemic instances, we have to refocus and reenergise ourselves to deal with this situation, not solely by focussing simply on the 7,751 youngsters who’re severely malnourished, but additionally these 4.47 lakh youngsters who’re bordering on malnutrition degree within the state,” Jolle stated.

The minister added that the state authorities is dedicated to undertake all the youngsters who’ve been orphaned by Covid-19.

“The state authorities will handle all such youngsters who’ve misplaced both or each their mother and father as a result of pandemic. So far, the state has 43 such youngsters,” she stated.

Answering a query, the minister stated that the state authorities has additionally taken steps to order beds completely for the remedy of youngsters in all of the hospitals throughout the state.

“In Haveri district itself, we have now reserved 119 beds to deal with the youngsters within the wake of a attainable third wave hitting the state, as specialists have been predicting,” she stated.


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