Stopping a Covid generation of stunted children essential

Hindustan Times | Sep 26, 2020 at 7:33 PM
  • The take-home rations programme under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) was halted for the first three weeks after the lockdown, following which the government and partners swung into action to ensure they reached beneficiaries.
  • Experts fear it will lead to a surge in underweight, stunting and wasting among children, low birth weight babies, anaemia, and low body weight adolescents and adults.
  • Since the nutritional requirement per kg of bodyweight is much higher for children, giving them adult food children doesn’t provide them the required calories or vitamins and minerals to develop.