As the Central Government has launched fortnight-long Poshan Pakhwada to take forward the nutrition mission from March 8 to 22, the District Social Welfare department is organising a slew of activities to create awareness on the nationwide Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan, Poshan Pakwada in Hailakandi district of Assam.
Focusing on nutrition in a big way, the District Social Welfare department has launched the Poshan Pakhwada across the district coinciding with the second anniversary of the nutrition campaign. Poshan meals, yoga, awareness sessions, wall paintings in Anganwadi centres, dibbi adan pradan (exchange of tiffins) in tribal areas, visits to the homes of new born to identify sick, low birth weight babies and severe acute malnutrition children, workshop are among the many activities lined up to mark the fortnight-long event.
The Central flagship program to provide nutrition to every household by 2022 and some of its main objectives to prevent and reduce stunting, under nutrition, anemia, low birth weight etc in children 0-6 years and targeted group of children, and adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating mothers.
District Social Welfare Officer, J.Daimary said, “During the fortnight-long campaign, our special focus will be on anaemic women and giving treatment to them by holding anemia camp. Besides anemia, our aim is to fight malnourishment and stunting.”
The department is putting special efforts to make men participate actively in the programs alongside women in the Anganwadi centres to stop malnutrition.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli has asked all the CDPOs to use Poshan Pakwada fortnight to find suitable lands/NoCs for construction/repair of new/old Anganwadi centres through interaction with community, for which funds are available.
Jalli while asking the CDPOs to ensure fortnight-long celebrations of Poshan Pakwada with full fervour, advised them to avoid large gatherings in view of Coronavirus situation.