1,800 children diagnosed with malnutrition in Kavre

BANEPA: A total of 1,800 children have been diagnosed with malnutrition in Kavre district after the last year's devastating earthquake.

Among them, 98 children have been affected with serious malnutrition, informed District Coordinator of the Nepali Technical Group (NTG) Rabi Neupane.

Neupane further informed that their inspection would continue for the next three weeks and hinted that the number could increase.

Similarly, Neupane also stated that 900 pregnant women and new mothers were also suffering from the problem after the earthquake.

An inspection team visited different Village Development Committees and Municipalities in the district and observed the condition of children of six-59 months. As many as 36,375 children of the district were observed in the process.

The children were found to have less weight, height and thinner thighs. The team has distributed dietary supplements to 36 health centres in the district and started treatment for the same.

The severely affected children are receiving treatment at the Methinkot-based Special Treatment Centre.

Dr Arjun Sapkota of the District Health Office said that ‘crisis after the quake and poverty’ have led to the malnutrition among the children.