K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: The ICDS and medical authorities are on a mission mode to check malnutrition among the children in the age group of 0 to 5 years as part of the POSHAN Abhiyaan (erstwhile national nutrition mission).
The POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan was launched on International women’s day on March 8, 2018. The target of the Abhiyaan is to reduce stunting, underweight and anemia in children by 2022 by providing necessary supplements to the children, pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls.
Accordingly, the weekly growth monitoring meeting was conducted at an Anganwadi centre in Manakondur mandal on Tuesday. CDPO K Sabitha, deputy DMHO Sudhakar Reddy, medical officer Sandhya Rani and others empowered the mothers to check the malnutrition among the children.
Informing the mothers and Anganwadi teachers to record the height and weight of the children in growth chart, they also instructed the lactating mothers, pregnant women and children to eat food compulsorily at the Anganwadi centres to get the necessary nutritional support. MPDO Divya Darshan, Village secretary Kunda Rani, supervisors Venkata Laxmi and Vijaya, Abhiyaan district project assistant Romila, block coordinator Manasa, Anganwadi teachers Nirmala, Padma, Vijaya, Aruna, Padmarani, Swaroopa and others were also present.
The project was being implemented in 777 Anganwadi centres in Karimnagar urban, rural, Gangadhara and Huzurabad mandals covering 48,607 children in the age group of 0 to 5 years.