In the first phase of the Child Nutrition Project at Potkhal/Baste, we physically screened about 200 children up to the age of five for signs of malnourishment. This was done with help of trained Rotaract members. We identified about thirty children with physical signs of malnourishment.
In the second phase, we took doctors from Saifee Hospital to medically check the 30 children who were identified with signs of malnourishment. This was organised by our active Rotarian Abuzar Zakir. This camp also was actively supported by our hardworking Rotaract members.
After an extensive check-up, about 12 children were considered to be severely malnourished.
About 18 children were diagnosed for various deficiencies.
The next phase will entail treating them for their ailments. For this, we are taking the advice and help of Dr. Alka Jadhav of the Nutritional Rehabilitation and Research Centre, Department of Paediatrics L.T.M.M. College & L.T.M.G Hospital, Sion. We hope to start the treatment this month.
We have also collected the health data of 200 children, in the 6-12 year old age group under the programme of providing nutritional supplements to all the children for one year.Basic data will be helpful in comparing and tracking the results of our programme.
– Yogesh Pandya