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68% of child deaths in India due to malnutrition, says study


Low birth weight was the major cause of deaths in children, a condition induced by poor health of mother and birth spacing, the study found. ShutterstockMalnutrition is still the cause of 68 per cent deaths in children under five years in India, a study done jointly by Indian and international agencies has revealed. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, examined the period from 1990 to 2017 to gauge the state-wise health disease burden in the country. The study observed that though the quantum of malnutrition-related deaths in children has come down by two-third since 1990, it is still the cause of 68 per cent of such deaths in the country. The study found that 60 per cent children and 54 per cent women were anemic in India in 2017, a condition which is increasingly adding to “the risk of adverse birth outcomes and mortality.”


Source: The Telegraph October 02, 2019 08:48 UTC



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