New Delhi: The Central government has claimed that despite the ongoing schemes to prevent people from being anaemic, 67 percent of females in Bihar are still suffering from iron deficiency.

Replying to a question of Rajya Sabha member from Bihar, Ramvilas Paswan during the Question Hour, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Sudeep Bandhopadhyay informed the House that that 67.4 percent females in the age group of 15-49 years are suffering from iron deficiency.

Reading out the National Family Health Survey report, the health minister said that government is constantly working on plans to curb the illness prevalent among females living in rural areas.

He informed that under different health schemes running in the state, children within the age group of six months to five years are given 20 milligrams of iron supplement and 100 micrograms of folic acid syrup.

Besides, 30 milligram of iron supplement and 250 milligrams of folic acid tablet is made available to 6 months - 10 years old kids.

In his written reply to Paswan, Bandopadhyay mentioned that under Sabla Programme run by Ministry of Women and Child Development, adolescent girls in 12 districts of the state visit ICDC centre and take folic acid tablets.

JPN/Bureau