Dibrugarh: A one-day consultation workshop on Community-based Programme for Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (CP-SAM) was held at the conference hall of the DC’s office on Saturday.
The consultation programme, organized by the district administration, with support from UNICEF, Assam, is part of an initiative to know the status of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among children under five years of age of the district and to create a community-based mechanism for corrective measures, with special focus on Lahoal block. The one-day consultation workshop was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha.
Inaugurating the consultation workshop, Jha stressed the need for early detection of severely malnourished children and also on their timely and appropriate care. In the meeting, he also stressed the accuracy of the data collection and enrolment process of SAM children and proper coordination between UNICEF, Health and Social Welfare Department for effective implementation of CP-SAM.
“We have schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and wage compensation scheme for pregnant women in tea gardens to address malnutrition during pregnancy. Also, with the recently launched Poshan Abhiyan, we have an opportunity to focus on prevention of malnutrition and care for children with acute malnutrition at the community level. All we need to do is proper coordination at community level,” Jha said.
Issues like need and importance of CP-SAM, role of Anganwadi, ASHA and ANM workers in screening, enrolment and counselling of SAM children, preventive measures to be taken through convergence with other departments were also discussed in the workshop. The consultation workshop was also attended by District Development Commissioner Sanjoy Dutta; Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF; Dr.Shweta Sharma; State SAM consultant, UNICEF, Dr. Sundeep Seth and representatives from Social Welfare and Health Department.