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In the newly released “National Family Health Survey 2019-2020”, (NFHS-5) it was found that some parameters have improved marginally from what it was in the last survey in 2015-2016 for Manipur.
The key indicators provided information on population, health and nutrition for Manipur showing that urban dwellers are doing better than the people who live in the rural areas of the state.
According to the survey, it was found that there are 1066 females born for every 1000 males in Manipur. The population between the age of 15 to 49 years it was found that 87.6 per cent and 95.2 per cent of female and male, respectively, were literate.
The survey also showed that 98.1 per cent of the population was living in households with electricity and internet users were on the higher side for the male gender at 58.7 per cent while the women stood at 44.8 per cent.
Nutrition as a parameter was studied and indicators showed that children who are stunted (height for age) stood at 23.4 per cent while children who are wasted (weight for height) were 9.9 per cent.
Findings also showed that women who have comprehensive knowledge of HIV /AIDS are capped at 50.6 percent while men were at 55.9 percent. This showed a relative increase in the percentage of awareness from the last survey.
For a dry state, Manipur reportedly stood third in the consumption of alcohol for men at 37.5 percent aged 15 and above who consume alcohol. As for womenfolk, barely 0.9 percent in the state consume alcohol.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)