DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 8 (MExN): Nagaland has one of the lowest Aneamia prevalence rates in the country among pre-schoolers and adolescents, according to the findings of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS), 2016-18.
Among pre-schoolers, the prevalence of anaemia was highest in Madhya Pradesh (54 per cent), followed by Haryana (48%) and Delhi (47%), and was lowest in Nagaland (8%) and Manipur (10%).
In the adolescents category, West Bengal (46%), Tripura (41%) and Assam (37%) had the highest prevalence of anaemia, while Nagaland (8%) and Kerala (9%) had the lowest prevalence.
Among school-age children, Tripura (41%), Assam (35%), Jharkhand (34%), and West Bengal (34%) had the highest prevalence of anaemia and Kerala (3%), Jammu & Kashmir (7%) and Manipur (7%) had the lowest prevalence.
According to the findings, nationally, Anaemia was most prevalent at more than 50 per cent among both boys and girls under two years of age and thereafter, decreased steadily to 11 years of age to about 15 per cent.
Overall, 41 per cent of pre-schoolers aged 1-4 years, 24 per cent of school-age children aged 5-9 years and 28 per cent of adolescents aged 10-19 years had some degree of anaemia. The prevalence of anaemia varied by the schooling status of children and adolescents.