According to a statement, notices in this regard were served to the state's health department and other senior officials after the panel took suo motu cognizance of a media report, quoting a study of PGI (Chandigarh), that Karnal, Yamuna Nagar, Panchkula and Ambala districts of Haryana have an alarming situation on malnutrition among children.
"37.4 percent children of these districts were found to be underweight; 42.8 percent suffered from stunted growth; and 17.5 percent from wasting. 95 percent children were found anemic in district Karnal," the statement said.
The report also quoted Rakesh Gupta, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, that children with severe acute malnutrition have nine time higher risk of death than well-nourished children. He also said that 53 percent deaths under the age of five were due to malnutrition in Haryana.
The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, carried on the March 11, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of children in Haryana.
It has directed the Director, PGI Chandigarh to submit the detailed study report referred to in the media report.
A notice has also been issued to the Principal Secretary, Health, Government of Haryana calling upon him to submit a report. Both the officers have been given six weeks time to respond.


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