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Gurgaon: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the state government has started the process to set up a “State Nutrition Commission” and formulate a “State Nutrition Policy” to address malnutrition among children.

The chief minister was speaking at an event organised for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” program here.

He said the aim of the State Nutrition Mission would be “healthy child, healthy teenager, healthy mother and healthy Haryana”.

Stressing that action would be taken under the mission according to guidelines of the Unicef and WHO, Khattar said it was sad that children were malnourished in Haryana, which is known as the land of milk and yogurt.

According to a survey, 40 per cent children of Haryana were underweight, 46 per cent children suffered from dwarfism and 19 per cent were underweight.

According to another survey conducted in 2013-14 by the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad, 27.85 per cent children up to five years of age in Haryana were underweight, 34.1 per cent children suffered from dwarfism and 11 per cent children were underweight.

On the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme, he said: “We are seeking support of all sections of society — representatives of people, social workers, sociologists, intellectuals, distinguished personalities of the corporate sector.

“We are marching forward in a scientific manner. We are laying stress on care of the female fetus,” he said.

(IANS)

 

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The health ministry said half of the cases were in Beni, a city of 800,000 people, in the North Kivu province.

The outbreak is in a conflict zone where dozens of armed groups operate. Aid agencies have been forced to suspend or slow down their work on several occasions since the outbreak.

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A health care worker from the World Health Organization, left, gives an Ebola vaccination to a front line aid worker who will then vaccinate people who might potentially have the virus, in Mbandaka, Congo. VOA

Health Minister Oly Ilunga said his response teams “have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping.”

“Two of our colleagues in the Rapid Response Medical Unit have even lost their lives in an attack,” Ilunga said.

Ebola was detected in the DRC in 1976. The current outbreak is the tenth since it was first discovered.

The World Health Organization has warned the virus could spread to nearby countries, including Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

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Medical workers have lots of experience dealing with Ebola outbreaks in the DRC. Fortunately, they have new tools to fight the deadly virus. A new vaccine has shown it can protect people who’ve come into contact with Ebola victims, and more people have learned techniques to keep the virus from spreading.

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However, old problems persist with every outbreak. Some people still refuse to believe Ebola exists and have hidden infected family members. Traditional burial practices also put people at risk. (VOA)