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Eggs in Mid-Day Meals, Anganwadis Will Ensure Nutrition -- and Gender Parity -Kanika Sharma

useholds Household division of nutritious food continues to be gender-biased in India. There is consistent evidence that most girls and women eat last and least. A qualitative study in rural north Bihar found that boys and men of a household were always the first ones to eat, were more likely to get larger portions of foods like pulses, eggs and meats, and sweets, and were more likely to have their own separate plates. On the other hand, girls a

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Bihar flood toll rises to 67; over 48 lakh affected

er of casualties were reported from Sitamarhi with 17 deaths, followed by Araria (12), Madhubani (11), Sheohar (9), Purnea (7) Darbhanga (5), Kishanganj (4) and Supaul (2). Patna: The toll in the Bihar floods rose to 67 on Wednesday with over 48 lakh people being affected in 12 districts across the state. The highest number of casualties were reported from Sitamarhi with 17 deaths, followed by Araria (12), Madhubani (11), Sheohar (9), Purnea (7

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On Health and Nutrition, Budget 2019 is Lacklustre and Uninspiring -Dipa Sinha

h the launch of Ayushman Bharat) and as a priority for future. Further, considering that the Budget comes at the heels of the death of more than 150 children due to the ongoing encephalitis crisis in Bihar, there was expected to be a greater focus on health. These deaths were entirely preventable and highlighted the failures of the public health system and the urgent need to strengthen the delivery of healthcare, especially at the primary level. Th

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Don't blame the litchi -T Jacob John

-The Indian Express Deaths in Muzaffarpur are due to chronic malnutrition Muzaffarpur in Bihar is famous for litchis and infamous for children dying due to annual seasonal brain disease outbreaks. The common brain diseases in children with high mortality are meningitis, encephalitis and encephalopathy. These three have clear-cut differences and very different treatments. Trained paediatricians know how to distinguish the three. If diagnostic

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Healthcare's primary problem -Soham D Bhaduri

-The Hindu It is imperative to promote community-based care rather than relying only on hospital services The deaths of 154 children in Bihar due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has laid bare the precarious capacity of the State’s healthcare apparatus to handle outbreaks. AES has been linked to two factors: litchi consumption by starving children and a long, ongoing heat wave. As promises of bolstering the health infrastructure are

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Lessons that Delhi journalists can learn from local media at Muzaffarpur -Umesh Kumar Ray There were those who milked the AES outbreak for TRPs. And there were those who helped out while carrying out their journalistic duties. Even as Bihar mourns the deaths of over 150 children owing to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), a section of the media milked the grave situation to boost TRPs. Some journalists irresponsibly barged into the ICUs of one of the hospitals treating most of the children for live reporting. Ther

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Denied pensions for six years, nearly 200,000 senior citizens in Delhi are forced to work again -Akshita Nagpal

cycle-rickshaw on the streets of North Delhi’s Kingsway Camp area. “I can’t remember how long I haven’t been paid a pension,” said Jamaal, who migrated to Delhi from Bihar’s Supaul district decades ago in search of a livelihood. The money would have also allowed Ram Pyari, a widow who lives in a hut in North Delhi’s GTB Nagar area, to be independent of her two daughters, both domestic workers. On the re

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After Bihar, U.P. braces for encephalitis season -Omar Rashid

-The Hindu The disease had claimed more than 154 lives in Bihar Gorakhpur: The tension on Sunita’s face is palpable as she looks at her eight-year-old daughter who is asleep on a bed at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. While the official diagnosis is yet to be ascertained, doctors say the child has shown symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, a group of diseases that wreaks havo

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Medical investigators say Muzaffarpur deaths probably due to malnutrition and delayed care

-The Telegraph The team of doctors investigating the deaths found no trace of litchi in at least 40 per cent of children who died A team of doctors investigating the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths in Muzaffarpur has claimed that the attribution to litchi is likely to be wrong and that it found no trace of litchi in at least 40 per cent of children who succumbed to AES-like symptoms in the city and nearby areas. It said that chronic malnourishment and a “deadly delay&rd

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