New Delhi: Anaemia is at least a mild public health problem for school-age children between the age group of 5-9 years in all states except for Kerala, according to the findings of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS), 2016-18. Anaemia was a moderate or severe public health problem among pre-school children in 27 states, school-age children in 15 states and adolescents in 20 states, the report said.
Anaemia was most prevalent at more than 50 percent among both boys and girls under two years of age and thereafter, decreased steadily to 11 years of age to about 15 percent. Overall, 41 percent of pre-schoolers aged 1-4 years, 24 percent of school-age children aged 5-9 years and 28 percent of adolescents aged 10-19 years had some degree of anaemia.
The survey noted that the severity of Anaemia varied across age groups. Among pre-schoolers, 22 percent had mild anaemia, 18 percent had moderate Anaemia and 1 percent had severe Anaemia.
Among school-age children, 10 per cent had mild Anaemia, 13 per cent had moderate Anaemia, and 1 percent had severe anaemia. Among adolescents, 17 per cent had mild anaemia, 10 per cent had moderate anaemia and 1 percent had severe anaemia. (IANS)
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