Shillong, Aug. 24: Malnutrition and vitamin deficiency diseases among the women and children in Meghalaya could be a cause of worry, if the reports from a health camp conducted today in West Jaintia Hills are anything to go by.
The health camp was conducted by the Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) at Moodymmai village under Thadlaskein block in West Jaintia Hills, to expand the university’s awareness programme to the marginalised section of the people in the area. A total of 336 people attended and benefited from the camp, including 143 school children, a university official informed.
According to the official, the most common diagnoses were nutritional anaemia, dental caries, cataract, allergic conjunctivitis, and refractive errors. However, malnutrition and vitamin deficiency diseases among the women and children who attended the camp were also common, the official added.
“The issue of anaemia among mothers and malnutrition among children is still critical for Meghalaya. With 47.2 per cent of women suffering from anaemia and 64.4 per cent of children suffering from malnutrition as per NRHM figures, the need to form a united front against these shocking figures is now,” the official said.
MLCU students, with the help of government medical doctors, are conducting camps in 10 schools and four Anganwadi centres. Through experiential learning, students of the university’s department of allied health sciences are working to address these health issues by engaging each and every individual who come to the health camp.