New Delhi, November 3: Half of the children residing in slums here are underweight, a study released by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) showed on Tuesday. According to the survey on the status of health, nutrition and education of children below the age of six years in slums here, 25.6 percent of the 50.2 percent underweight children are severely underweight. Only 31 percent of the children under the age of three in the capital received at least one vaccition, while 45 percent were stunted, the survey called ‘Are Children Getting A Healthy Start’ said. It also highlighted the issue of gender imbalance as 25 percent girls received at least one dose of vaccition compared to 39 percent boys. The study was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Cheni, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The study highlighted that 62.2 percent of the children in slums in Cheni were underweight, while Kolkata and Mumbai slums have 49 and 41 percent underweight children respectively. In Bengaluru, 33 percent children were found to be underweight. CRY’s regiol 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-emotiol development, language and persolity are laid.” Soha emphasised on the need for nutrition security like immunization and vitamins supplements for such children. (IANS)
'Half of slum children in Delhi underweight'