DHUBRI: ‘Har ghar poshan tyohar’ (festivity of nutrition in each house) is the slogan of Poshan Abhiyan (nutritional campaign) launched in Dhubri district along with rest of the State and country as well from September 1. Dr Pannalal Oswal Memorial Committee, an NGO based in Dhubri, in meeting held on Wednesday resolved to extend all support to activities during Poshan Maah. A source of the memorial committee informed that they would survey the slum areas located on the outskirts of the town and organize an awareness meeting on the 19th death anniversary of Dr Pannalal Oswal on September 23.
Talking to The Sentinel, president of the memorial committee, Prof Girindra Nath Goswami informed that Dr. Oswal was an ardent social worker and campaigned on the importance of breastfeeding some 30 years ago. “When Dr. Oswal died in tragic incident in 1999, the memorial committee was formed to take forward his social works, and in 2000, founder president of memorial committee, Dr. Ashok Kumar Das, who was also associated with UNICEF project, then organized a nutritional programme for children under the auspices of the memorial committee,” Goswami added.
Secretary general of the committee, Bimal Oswal informed that the committee would identify the children living in the slum areas of the town and provide nutritional food packets in consultation with the health and social welfare department.
A source in Dhubri district Welfare Department informed that the themes of Poshan Maah include overall nutrition, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, immunization, growth monitoring, food fortification and micronutrient. Besides, the focus would also be laid on diarrhoea, hygiene, sanitation, safe drinking water, antenatal and ECCE, the source added.