This is the story of Sahanuj Molla, 2 years and 8 months old, who was suffering from malnutrition. Sahanuj belongs to a poor and economically backward family from Kashipur village. A home visit by health workers by CRY revealed that the child not only weighed less, but was suffering from common cold as well as diarrhoea.
Once identified as a malnourished baby, CRY kept Sahanuj under special observation and got him to the Growth Monitoring session. It was confirmed that Sahanuj was a Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) child. He was admitted to the Nutritional Rehabilitation Center. His weight at the time of admission was 8.5 kgs.
As a corrective measure, he was provided an institutional based nutritional care by the trained doctors and staff nurses for about 15 days. His mother was educated on child nutritional care and feeding practices. She was also taught the food preparation process. When the child was discharged, he was already showing positive trends on his nutritional status. After this, the child was provided with clinical follow up several times by the trained doctors and nurses.
With the help of the institutional based care, close follow ups by health workers and his mother’s focus on nutritional food, care and affection, the child has achieved its normal nutritional status gradually. Now, he weighs 9.6 kgs.
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