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In Indore, new resource centre aims at lowering malnutrition in state

Posted:  Monday, April 16, 2012

The Times of India, April 16, 2012, 11.48AM India Standard Time

INDORE: To support Atal Child Health and Nutrition Mission and tackle the problem of malnutrition in state, a divisional level nutritional resource centre was inaugurated in the community medicine department of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College on Saturday. The centre inaugurated by minister of medical education Mahendra Hardia will support the mission on nutrition surveillance, micro planning and implementation of special schemes.

The new centre that has been established at the medical college will facilitate the convergence of faculties of community medicine, pediatrics and women and child welfare department to take forward its soul objective of reducing malnutrition.

"The centre will provide technical support, advocacy support, support in decentralized district planning, training and programme implementation. Various departments are working in lowering the malnutrition rate but in different direction. The centre has been set up to converge all departments and collaboratively working in the same direction," said Dr Sanjay Dixit, head of department, community medicine.

In order to improve the nutrition and health status of children, state government in August last year had felt the need for setting up nutrition resource centres at all government medical colleges. The government has planned to take convergent action for effective and integrated service delivery with a focus on children below two years, pregnant women and adolescent girls.

The nutrition resource centres have been established at two levels - state and divisional levels - in the community medicine departments. The pediatric departments will provide support as per the requirements of the resource centres. The State Nutrition Resource Centre (SNRC) will be the nodal unit which will coordinate with the mission office and the division level nutrition resource centers (DNRCs).

The SNRC, based at Bhopal's Gandhi Medical College, will also be responsible for the above activities as well as for the capacity building of divisional nutrition resource centers, home science colleges and training institutions of DWCD and health departments.