Agartala: Out of 4,429 people who were tested across Tripura as part of the government’s ‘Anemia Mukt Bharat’ policy from July 1 to 8, as many as 1,799 — or 40.6 per cent of the sample size — were found to be suffering from anemia.

Anemia remains a major public health concern with high prevalence across India irrespective of age, gender or location.

Of the people found anemic in Tripura, Unakoti has the highest number among the eight districts of the state.

As part of the Anemia Mukt Bharat strategy, the Tripura government has taken an initiative to become an anemia-free state. The National Health Mission (NHM) and the Tripura government’s health department are holding meetings across the state in this regard.

The tests are being done in Tripura in two ways — Sahli’s method and Hemoglobin method (HB). Samples of 2,905 people were tested using Sahli’s method and 2006 people with digital HB meters. Of these, 1,034 were slightly infected, while 710 were moderately infected and 55 were severely infected.

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According to a detailed report from the health department, it was found that 34.9 per cent of the sample size of 768 people in West Tripura district, 53.5 per cent of the sample size of 71 people in Dhalai district and 49.4 per cent of the 909 people screened in South Tripura were found to be anemic.

Similarly, it was found that 47 per cent of 298 people screened in North Tripura district, 21.4 per cent of 126 people in Khowai, 37.7 per cent of 589 people in Sepahijala and 62.8 per cent of 164 people in Gomati district were diagnosed with anemia.

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