According to survey study of around 900 people living in Chennai’s slums and pavement, 86 per cent of slum dwellers survive on one meal a day.
The study shows that only 13.5 per cent of youngsters aged below 19 and 21 per cent of adults surveyed have two or more meals. Around 44 percent of the women are anaemic and 9 per cent of the respondents above 40 years are borderline diabetic cases. The Indian Medical Association Research’s (Tamil Nadu) conducted the survey study on 326 males and 574 females. The samples were randomly selected from the north and south Chennai areas. It found that 97.4 per cent of the respondents were immunised, but most of them live in sub-human conditions. Most of those surveyed did not have access to quality water, drainage and electricity.