Govt aims to reduce malnutrition in children to half by 2012

The government on Tuesday said it is aiming at reducing malnutrition in children to half by 2012.

Last Updated: May 22, 2012, 18:50 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said it is aiming at reducing malnutrition in children to half by 2012.

"In the 11th Plan from 2007-12, the government has fixed the target to reduce malnutrition in children to half by 2012," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told Rajya Sabha in reply to a written question.

In reply to a query on National Programme for Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases, the minister said over 62 lakh people have been screened for diabetes and over four lakh people are suspected to be diabetic.

Azad said the programme aims to prevent and control common non communicable diseases through life style changes and provide early diagnosis and control of these diseases.

Answering a query on availability of spurious drugs in the market, the Health Minister said as per a survey conducted by the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation, only 0.046 percent drugs were found spurious.

PTI