Nearly 12,599 children underwent tests for malnutrition in various Arogya Kendras of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) here on Friday.
This is an effort by the civic body to tackle malnutrition on directions of the High Court following the recommendations from the malnutrition report by Justice N K Patil. Under the campaign, the BBMP will provide supplements and treat infection in children upto six years after the results that are expected to be prepared by Tuesday. Follow up tests will be done to check on the nutrition levels.
In the camp, as many as 1,996 children who have already been tested by the BBMP underwent the tests again, according to Dr Devaki Umesh, Chief Health Officer, BBMP. “Along with this, nearly 305 children were tested for the first time in the 83 health centres of the BBMP. Also, 1,250 pregnant women underwent tests for malnutrition and specific deficiencies,” she said.
She said the children will undergo treatment for infection and also get supplementary medicines in the camp which involves ward-level teams by deputing 150 doctors from the BBMP and health department with paramedical staff.