Health Desk: 7th Oct’18: Peru, a shining star in Latin America's culinary firmament, is battling alarming rates of malnutrition in children and pregnant women.
More than two in every five children under the age of three -- 43.6 percent of the total -- suffer from anemia in the Andean country due to a poor diet, according to a family health survey done by Peru's statistics agency.
Nearly 30 percent of pregnant women suffer from anemia for the same reason -- an iron deficiency blamed on low consumption of meat, poultry or fish, the study revealed.
Both rates have remained unchanged since 2011 despite Peru's high economic growth over the last decade.
"Combating anemia is a priority for the government and we want it to be a priority for Peru," said President Martin Vizcarra at the start of a nationwide campaign.
Courtesy: Afp, Lima