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Anemia - a Major Health Problem in Rural Haryana

Anemia - a Major Health Problem in Rural Haryana, naya haryana, नया हरियाणा

15th September 2014

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In rural Haryana, anemia is regarded as a major health problem. This is a serious disease that affects people on many levels. The hemoglobin level of the affected people decreases and this hampers one's immunity system, disturbing the capability to fight back against diseases. By extension, even if a person is not bedridden by this disease, the physical capabilities are affected significantly. The disease happens as a result of nutritional deficiency, and normally happens in areas where people are unable to get a properly balanced diet on a regular basis. This is why one can see an unusually high incidence of this disease in the rural areas where people are unable to subsist on their meagre incomes, let alone buy food for 3 or 4 times a day.

A survey has shown that more often than not the women are ones especially ladies in the age group of 40 to 70 who are more affected as a result of this disease as opposed to the men. Considering the amount of work these ladies do in terms of household chores as well as other familial functions they also take part in agricultural activities and the amount of food they make, it is not surprising to see this predicament of theirs. When one throws in this mix, the fact that most people in rural Haryana are living below the poverty line, things become absolutely clear for one and all.

The question that one needs to ask in this context is, what role the state government is playing in this situation? Going by the high number of people suffering from poverty in the state, one would indicate that either not many efforts have been made to address the situation or, they have not had the desired effect none of the situations are ideal under the given circumstances. It is indeed important that the government takes quick steps to address this issue before it assumes more serious proportions.

To start with the government officials need to visit villages and areas where average income levels are lower and then seek out the families that have people suffering from this disease. They can later on provide them necessary supplies such as grains, vegetables, milk and fuel, if necessary. However, this needs to be done directly without any intermediaries. Most of the plans in this state have been damaged by middlemen who have always prioritised their petty interests over the greater good. This is one area where the government needs to be guarded and make sure that history is not repeated.

However, this is just a short-term measure. If the government wants to think for the long term it should look to provide more job opportunities for the hapless people, so that they are able to earn and keep themselves afloat. Steps also need to be taken to promote a sense of financial responsibility in these people through various investment schemes that can be opened specifically for them. Education also needs to be the keyword if the government wants to completely eradicate poverty and such deficiency related diseases once and for all. The attitude has to be in favour of a long-term solution.

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