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Half of Slum Children in New Delhi are Underweight: CRY Study

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on November 4, 2015 at 4:11 PM
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 Half of Slum Children in New Delhi are Underweight: CRY Study

A survey called 'Are Children Getting A Healthy Start', which was released by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY), revealed that half of the children residing in New Delhi slums are underweight. Only 31% of the children under the age of three in the capital received at least one vaccination, while 45% were stunted. The study also highlighted the issue of gender imbalance as 25% girls received at least one dose of vaccination compared to 39% boys.

The study was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. It highlighted that 62.2% of the children in slums in Chennai were underweight, while Kolkata and Mumbai slums have 49% and 41% underweight children respectively. In Bengaluru, 33% children were found to be underweight.

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CRY's regional director (north) Soha Moitra said, "Early childhood, spanning from birth to the age of six years, is the crucial period when the foundation of cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development, language and personality are laid."

Soha also emphasized on the need for nutrition security like immunization and vitamins supplements for such children.

Source: IANS
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