Government will make changes in anemia campaign, plan will take district wise population control steps

Based on the Phase 2 data of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-5 released on Wednesday, which showed that India’s total fertility rate has declined for the first time, the health ministry is working district-wise to address the issue of population control. Planning the approach. Especially in those states where TFR has not stabilized.

Officials said the government is planning to re-strategy its operations to fight anemia. NFHS 2019-21 data showed that anemia was a top concern for children and women, and the highest increase in anemia was reported in children aged 6–59 months – 58.6% (NFHS-4 ) to 67.1% (NFHS-5). in 2015-16).

“For the first time, the TFR has gone below the replacement level, the government’s efforts will be to maintain it. The government will focus on five states with a TFR of more than 2.1. The priority will be to address these district imbalances,” said an official. said.

India’s TFR is now down from 2.2 to 2. The replacement rate, or fertility rate where the population remains constant, is 2.1. According to experts, the fertility rate of 2.1 means that the population of the country will stabilize. Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand were surveyed in Phase 2 of the survey and the data showed that Madhya Pradesh , Rajasthan, Jharkhand and UP, all the states surveyed have a TFR that is at or below the replacement level.

An official said, “We will also keep a close eye on the Anemic-Free India programs launched by the government, and see if we should focus on iron fortification or need to add other supplements. The data will allow us to redesign the program.” gives a chance to do it.” said.

“States will have to prepare their annual action plans under the National Health Mission based on the areas in which they need to improve and they need to plan both budget and resources,” an official said.

Officials said the increase in birth registration from 79.7% to 89.1% is a significant improvement as it is a sign that more institutional deliveries are on the rise.

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