Dimapur, September 18: Poshan Maah rally was flagged off by Sarita Yadav IAS, DC Kiphire on September 14. The rally started from the Deluxe Point Kiphire and marched towards the Hopongkyu Memorial Hall with the participation of around 500 people in the rally.
Speaking to the gathering, Sarita Yadav highlighted the importance of National Nutrition Month from September 1 to 30, and informed that the Poshan Maah is a massive movement in the country to do away with malnutrition problems of the people. She urged the line departments to continue to work in convergence so as to uplift the health and nutritional status among the children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers of Kiphire district.
The programme was chaired by Linnette Kedila, Poshan Abhiyaan District Coordinator; and overview of the programme orientation was given by Itulungbe Ndang, DIO Dr. Pewezo Khalo spoke on the prevention of anemia for the pregnant women and adolescent girls and also mentioned about the five critical components of Poshan Abhiyaan: 1000 days of the child, anemia, Diarrhea, hand wash & sanitation and Poshtik Again. Later DEO Kiphire, Deenabandhu Panda highlighted about the adolescent health and education.
The rally was led by Z. Tsangkhuchu, CDPO (DWO) in-charge Kiphire with the Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, adolescents students, ward chairman, health workers, teachers and women organisation.
Mon: Mon Block, Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan convergence action committee organized various programmes for the on-going Poshan Maah month of September 2019.
Awareness campaign was conducted under the themes community health, adolescent girls health and hygiene, community events, hand wash, supplementary feeding, take home ration.
Leangnyu, Took Chinglen, Chi, Pongkong, Longkei, Mon Town, Mon Village, Wangla and Tang were the villages where the events had been held.
Wokha: Under Rashtryia Poshan Maah 2019, anemia screening camp was conducted at Wokha village community hall on September 14. The programme was organized by the Department of Social Welfare- ICDS, in convergence with Medical Department, RD Department (NLRM), community leaders and other line departments.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Wokha, Dr. Zuben Kikon who enlightened the gathering about awareness on anemia, said anemia is a condition in which the blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells in the body which leads to reduced supply of oxygen to body organs and this happens due to lack of vitamins and iron. He suggested to eat plenty of iron rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, lemon, amla, guava, iron-fortified cereals.
Dr Zuben also added that one can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia by eating a well-balanced diet including good sources of iron, vitamin b12 and folate. Stating that anemia leads to premature birth and low birth weight for baby and even maternal mortality, he urged to take the food supplements for precaution.
Sr. Supervisor, ICDS, Wokha, Erenbeni Kikon while briefing about the celebration of Poshan Maah said, the entire month of September will be celebrated as the Rashtryia Poshan Maah-National nutrition mission.
(Page News Service)