Silchar: The exact number of children, adolescent girls and mothers suffering from malnutrition is not known in the district of Cachar. There has been no move to identify them and record them to know their numbers. But, it is not number. The focus is now on to carry out sustained campaign across the district by the social welfare department for ending malnutrition. This is in fact a part of the National Nutrition Mission, a flagship programme, to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls with the vision to abolish malnutrition by 2022.
In order to spread awareness among the target group and people in general, the month of September is to be observed with the theme “Har ghar poshan vyavahar” for 2019. The objective as outlined by the district social welfare officer Raj Kumar Kedia is bring about behaviourial changes in every household. In order to spread the message widely, a rally was organized today participated by officials and a good number of people. The rally with banner on the theme started from the DC establishment and after moving through the central parts of the town converged at district library compound.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India a healthy and strong nation has prompted him to launch this flagship progamme. Here, the rally was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner, Laya Madduri, who laid stress on treatment of malnourishment as a disease and the need to address it through proper nutrition practices. Role of parents in this campaign is also important since malnutrition has its impact on the mortality of children.
Raj Kumar Kedia administered the oath to every one on the occasion and said let not the programme become an emotional event to be put on the backburner after September. A street play was performed by anganwadi workers to create awareness on safe motherhood practices. A month long activities will continue on the subject in anganwadi centres, schools, health facilities, village communities. Health check up camps with 3T, talk, test and treat, will be held in tea gardens to examine anaemic symptoms in child, woman and young girls. It will also focus on ‘defeat diarrhoea’, besides laying accent on good nutrition, childhood care, education and community health day. A ‘Poshan Rath’ will tour the nook and corner of the district to keep the programme kicking and going.