After it became known that anemia in children younger than 3 years increased by nearly 8% in Metropolitan Lima, from 33.2% in 2017 to 41% in the first half of 2018, government sources responded that it is implementing the multisectoral plan to reduce anemia. combat in 4 prioritized districts, such as Villa María del Triunfo (VMT), Carabayllo, Villa El Salvador (VES) and San Juan de Lurigancho (SJL).
"The actions are carried out in these districts where the greatest poverty prevails and where 40 thousand children live per year, out of a total of 140 thousand," they said.
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Yesterday, after leaving the congress, the head of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (Midis), Liliana La Rosa, said that 15 sectors are working in an articulated way to reduce anemia to 19% for the Bicentennial year of Independence (2021).
This means that a significant reduction is calculated in 3 years, taking into account that, according to the Institute National statistics and information (INEI), there was an increase of 3% anemia across the country, from 43.6% in 2017 to 46.6% in the first semester of 2018.
"There are 100 districts that are prioritized at national level, actions are continued in the mountains (54.2%) and the primeval forest, where there was a reduction of 5.2% (48.8%)," he explained.
Lack of drinking water
For congressman Jorge Meléndez, who is an extension of the sector, the increase in anemia in Lima is also due to the fact that social programs mainly intervene in the rural areas of the country where poverty is concentrated. "That is why it is necessary for the Ministry of Housing to continue with drinking water projects in urban areas, because it does not make sense to feed children in schools and homes, so they later suffer from diarrheal diseases," he said.
The position of the chair of the Social Inclusion and Persons with a Disability of Congress, Gloria Montenegro, who criticized the fact that the Midis headquarters only carried out 23% of its budget, with only 4 months to the end of the year.
"We need to advise the regions to improve their efforts and access the incentives and thus contribute to the fight against anemia," he said. His colleague Jorge del Castillo, in turn, said that this severe setback is the result of the political instability experienced in the country in the last two years.
Breastfeeding and blood
"In children of Cuna Más it has been established that the anemia has decreased from 49.2% in 2016 to 44.6% in 2017. It is there that we promote breastfeeding and the consumption of chicken blood," said the Minister La Rosa, who added that over 20 million solos will be transferred to regional authorities to improve the coverage of health services. "We will evaluate how they have progressed," he concluded.
– La Rosa stressed that the reorganization of Qali Warma is under way. He also confirmed that preventive prison will be re-applied for the providers involved in the poisoning of more than 600 schoolchildren in Cañete.