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Child malnutrition down in IDP centres - UNICEF

Malnutrition in IDP children has decreased significantly during the past five months and severe acute malnutrition has gone down by 50 percent. This is a significant improvement in their nutrition condition, UNICEF Representative to Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle said.

Addressing a press briefing held at the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry yesterday, he said that according to a survey conducted last May, IDP children below the age of five suffered from acute malnutrition and another assessment was done on the condition last September.

But according to the latest findings acute malnutrition has gone down by 50 percent. UNICEF spend US $ 2 million for the entire nutrition program for IDPs. Around 27,000 IDP children were vaccinated and vitamins were provided for them.

According to the WFP Representative to Sri Lanka, Adnan Khan the WFP will stand by the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry to achieve more goals in IDP healthcare and continue its support, to provide food for IDPs.

WFP provide food for all IDPs and they receive 2100 calories per day.

WHO Representative to Sri Lanka Dr. Firdos Mehta said a drastic reduction of acute malnutrition in children helped to strengthen their immunity against communicable diseases.

They will not be vulnerable to any respiratory diseases and other communicable diseases.

Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry Secretary Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage said that the Ministry has already made arrangements to provide all requirements of the IDPs especially medicine, nutrition and healthcare.

There are over 100 doctors and 100 nurses serving IDPs at the moment.

The nutrition level of IDPs will reach the national nutrition levels by December this year.

“ I wish to thank the International community, UN agencies, INGOs and all the other organizations for their support”, he added.



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