New Delhi: Contrary to popular perception that only the fairer sex suffers from anaemia, over 55 per cent of both adolescent girls and boys are anaemic in the country, according to National Family Health Survey 3 data. "It is a myth that only girls suffer from anaemia. According to the NFHS 3 data, over 55 per cent of both adolescent girls and boys are anaemic," said Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary and Mission Director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). "Anaemia in adolescent girls enhances risk of preterm delivery and having babies with low birth weight. These babies are more likely to be ill and not reach the age of one year. It is estimated that anaemia is the underlying cause for 20-40 per cent of maternal deaths," Gupta said.
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