The RMRC survey also pointed out that the anaemia status among schoolchildren in Gajapati district is 36.2 per cent.
The CAB report said 32.2 per cent children in the state are undernourished.“This is the first third-party survey on the impact of midday meal on health indicators of children which has shown encouraging results.
Bhubaneswar: There has been a significant improvement in health parameters as well as in quality and quantity of services in the midday meal (MDM) programme in the last few years, revealed a study conducted by the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC).
Several interventions by the state government in the MDM scheme has resulted in the improvement in health standards of children, enrolment and quality of service,” said Gangadhar Sahoo, the state nodal officer for MDM.
The percentage of anaemia, underweight, stunting and thinness among schoolchildren has reduced remarkably in several districts, the study added.The RMRC is a permanent research centre of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
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