With 51 per cent of anaemic women, India tops the list of nations with the most anaemic women and children.
The healthcare ecosystem in India has been disrupted due to COVID. However, some chronic health problems such as Anaemia is prevalent in India. With 51 per cent of anaemic women, India tops the list of nations with the most anaemic women and children. To tackle anaemia, the GoI has started Anaemia Mukt Bharat in 2018, which aims to foster fresh strategies to eradicate anaemia.
To discuss various aspects of anaemia such as the challenge of anaemia accuracy in rural India and how Point of Care (PoC) and accurate data collection can help in winning the war against anaemia, an e-Summit – the episode-18 of the HEAL-Thy Samvaad series on ‘Strengthening Anaemia Detection and Diagnosis’ was organised by the HEAL Health and supported by HemoCue, a global pioneer in Point of Care (PoC) Hb testing and in knowledge partnership of the HEAL Foundation.
Elaborating on how Point of Care (PoC) devices and accurate data collection can help in winning the war against anaemia during E-Summit – the episode-18 of the HEAL-Thy Samvaad series, Dr J L Meena, Joint Director, National Health Authority (NHA) said, “National Digital Health Mission is more focused on tech-enabled devices and especially the Point of Care (PoC) device to prevent anaemia. We focus on all invasive technologies in testing and detection. As India is heading towards digitisation, the PoC programme will be useful. Prophylactic iron and deworming are also important aspects. Capacity building of medical staff and awareness amongst the masses is very important to achieve the target of Anaemia Mukt Bharat (AMB).”
Speaking on the importance of nutrition and iron deficiency, Dr Hemalatha, Director, National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR said, “As per the international journal of nutrition, 32-33% children between the age group of 5-9 and adolescent girls are anaemic. Anaemia can’t alone be linked to iron deficiency as there are so many factors behind the same including lack of a balanced dietary regimen. Iron-rich fruits, micronutrient supplements are very useful. The incidence of anaemia in the rural area is higher. Tests followed by treatment will definitely help but making changes in dietary regimen is also important as a balanced diet plays a pivotal role.”