In an effort to check malnutrition among children residing in slums, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has launched a health-awareness campaign in New Delhi area.
The six-month-long drive began on Saturday. As a first step, health check—up camps have been set up in two places — at the slum cluster near Talkatora Stadium and at Shankar Camp near New Moti Bagh.
The move comes three days after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Budget, expressed concern over malnutrition levels in the country and underlined the need for a national programme in “mission mode” to bring the situation under control.
“Our attempt is to provide every resident access to basic amenities such as water, sanitation and healthcare. This initiative focuses on health, especially that of children. At the two camps, there are about 250 children, who are going to benefit from this scheme,” Neeraj Bharti, Director, Monitoring and Health Enforcement (NDMC), said.
While a large part of the NDMC area is dotted with colonial structures and government offices, there are around 28 slum clusters in the zone. These JJ clusters are home to nearly 50,000 people. The NDMC initiative will cover those in the 0-21 years age bracket, Bharti said.
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Elaborating on the initiative, Bharti said, “The first step is the setting up of these health awareness camps. Doctors in these camps will conduct basic weight, height and blood tests. They will also check for patterns of illnesses in a child’s family and see if there is any history of chronic illness. Based on the findings, the children who need further medical attention will be looked after. We will take the help of anganwadi workers and local health officials in the areas in the next stage of the scheme.”