2020, VOL. 6 ISSUE 3, PART D
Jharkhand is among the top five states with malnourished – including stunted, wasted, and underweight children, according to an analysis of data from the ministry of health and family welfare’s National Family Health Survey, 2015-16 (NFHS-4).
Objectives: To find out the prevalence of malnutrition in 7-9 years old school going children in the Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.
Methodology: The present study was conducted at two blocks that is Bhandra and Kairo in the Lohardaga district of Jharkhand. The study was carried out between 2018-2019 through personal interviews using a pre-tested schedule. The total sample consists of 200 school going children of rural area of the selected district. Children’s height and weight were taken to find out the prevalence of malnutrition.
Result and Conclusion: According to Waterlow’s classification, based on height for age (stunting), the maximum of 200 respondents, 55.5 percent of boys and girls had mild malnutrition, a minimum14 percent had moderate malnutrition and 30.5 percent of children were normal. Similarly, based on weight for height (wasting) maximum of 200 respondents, 45 percent of boys and girls had moderate malnutrition, 32.5 percent had severe malnutrition, 16.5 percent had mild malnutrition, and 6 percent of children were normal.
Health, Nutrition, and personal hygiene education may be made as a part of the school curriculum apart from the regular educational activities in the School.