Tuesday, 1 January 2013

MALNUTRITION: India: Milk scheme to beat malnutrition

DC | 23rd Dec 2012 Rajahmundry: 
To prevent malnutrition and its resultant health problems among pre-school children aged between three and six years, the government recently launched a scheme to provide milk to children daily.
Accordingly, the woman and child welfare department is entrusted with the task to implement the scheme. The children enrolled in Integrated Child Development Scheme and attend Anganwadi centres will be provided with 200 ml boiled milk each daily.
The milk scheme is being implemented mainly in tribal areas where malnutrition is rampant among such children and also at fluoride hit areas.
In East Godavari, four ICDS project areas including Rajavommangi, Rampachodavaram, Maredumilli and Addateegala are selected for implementation of the scheme. As many as 7,087 children will get the milk.
In West Godavari, two ICDS project areas including Buttaigudem and Polavaram will implement the scheme and nearly 3,839 children will be provided with the milk.
In the entire state, 29 tribal blocks and 20 fluoride affected areas are selected for the milk scheme and about 99,736 children will be provided with the milk.
The implementing authorities found it difficult to procure the milk initially especially in tribal areas as locally available milk is priced high.
However, the authorities are now providing 20 gms of milk powder and six gms of sugar for each child and the workers at the anganwadi centres prepare the milk and supply to the children.
The milk distribution scheme will be implemented for a month initially.
The woman and child welfare regional joint director, Ms B. Sowbhagya Lakshmi said, “The children will be provided with milk in addition to supplementary nutrition at anganwadi centres to help them fight malnutrition and grow healthy.”
On the other hand, the authorities are also making arrangements for implementation of Jawahar Bala Arogya Raksha scheme. Under the scheme, regular health check-up and eye screening will be done. Iron folic tablets will be provided to them apart from keeping a check on their studies and intake of nutritious diet.

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