The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad has completed its Nutritional Assessment Survey (NASS) successfully in Harsul ward of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
The wards of mayor Kala Ozha and standing committee chairman Narayan Kuche will also be surveyed. The union health ministry is sponsoring the health survey to record prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, obesity, diabetes and hypertension amongst urban men and women due to nutritional imbalance, sedentary lifestyle and irresponsible food habits.
The NIN team headed by assistant research scientist Dr Dinesh Bhale (Nagpur) and comprising nutritionist Nivedita Dande, social worker Mamta Patil, laboratory technician Pritesh Sahare and two others is conducting the survey being coordinated by health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni in the AMC limits.
The survey began on June 26 and will continue for six months. The team has completed work in Harsul and started the survey in Asefiya Colony today. In every ward, the team is surveying 48 houses only. To simplify the things, the NIN team shortlists eight mohallas and selects six houses from each of them. As a part of the survey, they fill up forms comprising information on socio-economic status, dietary intake, nutritional assessment and lifestyle, infant and young child habits and food frequency.
Afterwards, they collect blood samples (fasting and post-meal) for conducting sugar, lipid profile and cholesterol tests.
"Our day starts at 6 am and ends in the afternoon. Around 25 to 30 minutes are spent on each person. We will be sending the details like tests report and dry blood spots (DBS) taken on Watsman Filter Paper after completing the survey of three wards (in each phase) to NIN for further process and documentation. The dry blood spots are sealed in zip lock cover. To maintain the temperature of water-proof cover, we place a desiccant in spots so that they are not infected," said a team member.
As reported earlier, the five cities of Maharashtra (Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Akola (survey completed), Raigad and Mumbai) have been selected for the survey. Aurangabad First broke the news of the survey in its edition dated June 26.