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27th January 2017
"Woh to theek hai, par mara kyon"? Preventable deaths should be unacceptable
 
Most deaths are preventable as most deaths are caused by preventable factors. People with diseases such as heart attack, cancer, stroke, pneumonia, chronic respiratory diseases, vector-borne diseases, diarrhea, tuberculosis should live and not die unless there is a complicating factor.
 
India ranks first among countries with the highest number of child deaths in the world. In 2015, out of the total 5.9 million child deaths globally, 1.2 million i.e. 20% of the world's share, occurred in India. A significant majority of these deaths are due to preventable causes such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition etc.
 
Whenever a person dies of preventable illnesses, questions should arise as a routine "Why did he die"? Was the death preventable?
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Freedom from malnutrition: IMA Nutrition Cell shares recommendations
 
30% children in India are malnourished and15% battle obesity. This stark contrast warrants that good nutrition practices be advocated across the nation.
 
New Delhi, Jan 25, 2017: Malnutrition occurs whensomeone consumes an unbalanced diet that lacks or contains in excess vital nutrients over a prolonged period of time. Malnutrition can be categorized into under-nutrition and over-nutrition.
 
The coexistence of malnourishment and morbid obesity in India exemplifies the health burden that exists due to poor nutrition habits. About one in 5 underage childhood deaths in India are attributable to poor nutritional status. 20% of India's adult population is overweight.
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