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100 children suffering from severe malnutrition in Gaibandha
Published :Thursday, 16 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 25

GAIBANDHA, June 15: A total of 100 SAM (severe acute malnutrition) children were recovered from SAM corners of Gaibandha Sadar and Fulchhari hospitals last six months.
According to sources, a devastating flood visited the district last year, causing many children of poor families of flood prone areas of Sadar upazila were affected with SAM, and they had been suffering for want of proper treatment.
In order to remove the SAM, a welfare project entitled North West Flash Flood Emergency Response for Wash and Nutrition was launched at five unions- Kamarjani, Mollarchar, Malibari, Ghagoa and Gidari unions of the upazila in January 2016.
With the financial support of UNICEF, a local reputed non-government organisation Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) is implementing the project in association with Sadar and Fulchhari hospitals, said Raihana Islam, project manager.
Under this project, a total of 137 SAM children of the unions were selected by the field level staff of the project, and then a few number of SAM children with mothers were admitted to the SAM corners of the hospitals on priority basis in phases, she also said.
In this way, as many as 100 children received treatment from the physicians of the SAM corners of the hospitals from January to June and they are now fully well, she added.
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Das, superintendent of Gaibandha Sadar Hospital, said they had provided the treatment with need-based nutrition food to the children.
Abdus Salam, chief executive of GUK, said follow-up activities and meetings during the post SAM treatment for the children's mothers and guardians were also going on so that the children were not affected with SAM again.
Recently, a follow-up meeting organised by GUK was held at the auditorium of Haji Osman Gani College at Dariapur where Civil Surgeon Dr. Nirmalendu Chowdhury, Sadar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr. Ayub Ali, and Consultant Dr. Abul Kalam Azad addressed the meeting as resource persons.
The health experts urged the mothers and guardians to take care of their children properly and feed them nutritious food in a measured way to check themselves from the SAM.
Over 95 mothers and guardians of the children coming from five unions of the upazila participated in the function.     ?BSS

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