Posha Maah commemoration function held


Dimapur, September 29: The State Level Poshan Maah Commemoration function was held at the Heritage, Kohima on September 29.
Director, Social Welfare, Meangtsungba Aier addressing the occasion stated that the Rashriya Poshan Abhiyan was rolled out in the country by the Prime Minister of India, Narender Modi on March 8, 2018 for a holistic nourishment to strengthen and harmonize actions for nutrition and to reduce the nutrition gap in the country in a phased manner.
He stated that September 2018 was declared as Poshan Maah, a month long celebration from national to village level and which will be carried on till 2022 where the main aim is for reduction of Malnourishment among children, reduce Anemia among Pregnant women, lactating mothers and Adolescent girls and to build a strong and sturdy Nation.
During this Poshan Abhiyan will address malnourishment through convergence of various schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition, introducing a very robust convergence mechanism, he stated. One of the most significant goals of the Poshan Abhiyan is to achieve improvement in nutritional status among children 0-6 years, reduce stunting in children (from presently 38.4% to 25 % by 2022) anemia among pregnant women, Adolescent girls and to reduce Low Birth Weight baby.
The Director expresses his appreciation to all the individuals, Departments, and various NGOs for the contribution to this noble campaign and called on all to propagate and disseminate the message of importance of nutrition in our life for a holistic development and growth. The Department of Health & Family Welfare also has done many radio talks on exclusive breastfeeding, complementary-feeding, AYUSH, anemia, and launched radio jingles on Poshan Abhiyan.
He acknowledged the active participation from the Health & Family Welfare, PHED, Department of Youth and Sports and other converging Departments besides various schools for their participation, support without which the Poshan Abhiyan and Maah could not have been accomplished and encourage all to work together closely to build a stronger tomorrow.
It may be added that besides many initiatives, the Department of Social Welfare also has taken up many important programmes. The Nomination of the Poshan Abhiyan Brand Ambassador, Radio talk on Poshan Abhiyan, discussion on Poshan Abhiyan in DDK, releasing of short documentary films on Antenatal and Optimal Breastfeeding, Girl’s Education, Diet, right age of marriage and launching of Radio Jingles on Hygiene and Sanitation, Growth monitoring and related themes.
Free Anemia screening, Malaria test, demonstration of iodise/and non iodise salt, Yoga, food safety testing at home were also demonstrated including free distribution of leaflets and information on Swatch Bharat, on the spot registration on PMMVY and screening of movies on health related themes. (Page News Service)