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Nutritional problems. Dr K N Prasad Community Medicine. Xeropthalmia. Common cause for blindness in SEA Commonly affected are children below the age of 3 years Risk factors are – low SES, Ignorance, faulty feeding practices, Acute diarrhoea, Measles, bottle feeding

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Nutritional problems

Nutritional problems

Dr K N Prasad

Community Medicine



  • Common cause for blindness in SEA

  • Commonly affected are children below the age of 3 years

  • Risk factors are – low SES, Ignorance, faulty feeding practices, Acute diarrhoea, Measles, bottle feeding

  • Common in rice eating population

Prevention and control

Prevention and control

  • Short term action:

  • Large dose of Vitamin A orally on periodic basis to vulnerable group.

  • Two lakhs IU Retinol Palmitate in oil for children less than 6 years of age once in 6 months.

  • Children less than 1 year will get one Lakh IU of RP

Prevention and control1

Prevention and control

  • Medium term action:

  • Regular and adequate intake of Vitamin A rich foods, Food fortification with Vitamin A

  • ex. Vanaspathi, Margarine oil, dried mild powder, sugar.

Prevention and control2

Prevention and control

  • Long term action:

  • Education opportunities:

  • General population, pregnant and lactating mothers about consumption of dark GLV, Promotion of breast feeding, improvement in environment health, immunisation against measles, improved health services for MCH

Nutritional anemia

Nutritional Anemia

  • A disease syndrome caused by malnutrition

  • Commonly called as Iron deficiency

  • WHO standard – Hb level estimation

  • Adult male – 13 gm%

  • Adult Female non pregnant- 12gm%

  • Pregnant woman- 11gm%

  • Children < 6 years- 11gm%

  • Children 6-14 years- 12gm%

Global problem of anemia

Global problem of Anemia

  • Prevalence is highest in developing countries

  • Child bearing age group is highest burden other than children

  • Two third of pregnant women and half of non pregnant women are anemic in developing countries

  • 4-12% of child bearing women are anemic in developed countries



  • Many have iron deficiency other than anemia

  • Rural population both Male and female are susceptible

  • Common cause is inadequate intake , poor bioavailability and excess loss of iron

  • Infections – Malaria, Hook worm, etc.

  • Short interval between pregnancies

  • Folic acid deficiency is accounting for 50-70% of population

Detrimental effect of anemia

Detrimental effect of Anemia

  • Pregnancy- increased risk of Mortality and morbidity ( 40% )

  • Aggravate by infections and susceptible to infections

  • Decreased working capacity

  • Decreased economy of the country



  • Iron & Folic acid supply: under National Program for Nutritional anemia daily supplementation of IFA to prevent mild and moderate anemia.

  • Beneficiaries : Pregnant & Lactating mothers , children below 12 year sof age

  • Eligibility : Hb< 12gm% , refer to Hospital if Hb<10gm%

  • Dose: Each Tab contains 80 mg of elemental iron ( 200mg Fe sulphate ) and 0.5mg of Folic acid

  • Duration: 2-3 months Hb returns to normal

  • Follow up: estimate Hb after 3 months

  • Children: if anemia supplement 20mg of elemental iron ( 100mg Fe Sulphate)

Iron fortification

Iron Fortification

  • Fortification to salt is tried

  • Recommended for high risk group in the endemic area

  • Other measures

    • Changing dietary habits

    • Control of parasitic infections

    • Nutrition education

Iodine deficiency disorders idd

Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD)

  • Equivalent to Goitre

  • Major nutritional problem in India

  • Deficiency leads to wide range of disorders commencing from Intra uterine life to childhood , adult life with serious health and social implications.

Public health problem of idd

Public health problem of IDD

  • Major problem in SEA

  • Common In Himalayan region known as Goitre belt

  • IDD is common everywhere in India

  • No state is free from IDD

  • 1960- 9 million

  • Present- 130 million have IDD

  • Clinical manifestations are wide.

Control of idd

Control of IDD

  • Iodised salt and Oil

  • Monitoring and surveillance

  • Manpower training

  • Mass campaign

Iodised salt and oil

Iodised salt and Oil

  • Iodised salt is widely used in India

  • Recommended concentration is

  • not less than 30 PPM at production level

  • Not less than 15 PPM at consumer level

  • Non iodised salt is completely banned for sale

  • IM injection of Iodised oil 1 ml for high risk group individuals

  • Iodised oil

  • Protection for 4 years

  • Replace salt with iodised salt

  • Toxicity risk is low



  • Neonatal hypothyroidism is a sensitive indicator for community IDD

  • Laboratory test for iodine excretion determination

  • Determination of iodine in drinking water , soil and food

  • Determination of iodine in salt for quality assessment.

Mass campaign

Mass campaign

  • Public awareness about IDD

  • Use of only iodised salt for regular consumption

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Asking for help is a strength not weakness

Thank you

Thank you

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