Monday, June 15, 2015
The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jharkhand announced the plan to launch an integrated nutrition mission by the month of July to tackle rampant anaemia and malnutrition among women and children. This will be a joint effort by the health, agriculture and social welfare departments.
This new nutrition mission has been modelled along the lines of National Nutrition Mission launched by Union ministry of Women and Child Development last year. A similar nutrition mission is currently operational in Karnataka.
So what does this mission aim to do? The mission will focus on anaemia by specially identifying children based on severity and regular monitoring. The State Government plans to hire 30,000 nutrition counsellors who will serve 38,432 anganwaadi centres, the nodal points for initiating the programme in the state.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 57% of the state's children below five years are malnourished. In fact, malnutrition claims over 30,000 children in Jharkhand. The Chief Minister Mr. Raghubar Das found that sickle cell anaemia is the state’s biggest worry too.
"The state cannot move ahead if women and children remain unhealthy," said Mr. Das. The plan to rope in the state health and social welfare departments to work cohesively is to ensure this nutrition mission is a great success in eradicating these mother and child health demons.
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