The fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) revealed that the mortality rate amongst infants and children below five years of age has improved but malnutrition has worsened.
The survey took into consideration indicators like Stunting, which means a person’s growth in terms of height as per age isn’t appropriate and is caused due to poor nutrition. Another indicator is Wasting, which is caused by malnutrition and a person is considered underweight as per their height. Anaemia, which is caused by the lack of red blood cells, was also used as an indicator in the survey.
This survey which is a detailed analysis of the population, health, and nutrition for India and its states and Union Territories, was released by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Saturday.