| TNN | Updated: Jan 30, 2018, 05:13 IST

Highlights

  • The rise has been sharpest in Punjab, at 15.5%, followed by Delhi (10%) and Haryana (6.6%).
  • In the earlier survey, 38% of Punjab’s women were found to be anaemic, with the figure now at 53.5%.
  • Similarly, 44.3% of Delhi’s women were recorded as anaemic in 2005-06, and the figure has since risen to 54.3%.
Six major states in India have shown a marked increase in the number of anaemic women.Six major states in India have shown a marked increase in the number of anaemic women.
While the prevalence of anaemia among women in the country decreased marginally by around 2% between 2005-06 and 2015-16, from 55% to 53%, six major states have shown a marked increase in the number of women affected, data from the recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS) IV shows.
The rise in the number of anaemic women has been sharpest in Punjab, at 15.5%, followed by Delhi (10%) and Haryana (6.6%). According to the report, in the earlier survey, 38% of Punjab's women were found to be anaemic, with the figure now at 53.5%. Similarly, 44.3% of Delhi's women were recorded as anaemic in 2005-06, and the figure has since risen to 54.3%.

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Incidentally, states which have strong health performance parameters like Tamil Nadu and Kerala also recorded an increase in the number of anaemic women. Tamil Nadu had 53.2% cases a decade ago which increased to 55 % while Kerala showed an increase from 32.8% to 34.2%.

The report says that in 21 of India's 36 states and Union territories (UTs), over 50% of the women suffered from anemia. Jharkhand was the worst performer, with 65.2% of its women anaemic and 29.9% of its men. Among UTs, surveyed for the first time), Dadra and Nagar Haveli fared the worst, with 79.5% of its women anaemic.

Interestingly, north-eastern states reported a dip in the number of anaemic women. For instance, 69.9% of Assam's women were anaemic in 2005-06, with the figure now at 46%. In Sikkim, the figure has gone from 60% to 34.9%.

Uttarakhand, too, recorded a decrease, from 55.2% in 2005-06 to 45.2% in 2015-16.

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