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Indian govt looks to tackle problem of anaemia among pregnant women

anaemia among pregnant women

The Indian government is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to tackle the problem of anaemia that affects more than 50% of pregnant women in the country.

Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, minister of state for health and family welfare, told Parliament on Tuesday, “According to recently released National Family Health Survey V data, 52.2% pregnant women in India, who are in the age group of 15-49 years, are estimated to be anaemic.”

She pointed out that the issue is prevalent across the country, with Ladakh, Bihar and Gujarat seeing the highest percentages – 78.1%, 63.1% and 62.6%, respectively. In contrast, Lakshadweep, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have the lowest percentages – 20.9%, 22.9% and 27.9%, respectively.

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