Officials along with participants during the anemia screening camp at Wokha villagheld on September 14. (DIPR Photo)
Wokha, September 15 (MExN): Under Rashtryia Poshan Maah 2019, anemia screening camp was conducted at Wokha village Community Hall on September 14. The programme was organized by department of Social Welfare- ICDS, in convergence with Medical department, RD department (NLRM), community leaders and other line departments.
A DIPR report stated that the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Wokha Dr Zuben Kikon who enlightened the gathering about awareness on anemia said it is a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells which leads to reduced oxygen flow to the body organs and this happens due to lack of vitamins and iron.
In this regard, he suggested eating plenty of iron rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, lemon, amla, guava, iron-fortified cereals. One can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia by eating a well balanced diet including good sources of iron, vitamin b12 and folate, he added.
Senior Supervisor, ICDS, Wokha, Erenbeni Kikon said the entire month of September will be celebrated as the Rashtryia Poshan Maah-National nutrition mission with the theme “Complimentary Feeding” focusing on the five pillars. Firstly the first 1000 days of a child life, diarrhea prevention, anemia prevention, nutritional diet and hygiene, sanitation and safe drinking water.
She said that Poshan Abhiyaan intends to increase awareness among mothers of young children, adolescent and community members, health care providers, adolescent girl child from 0-6 years, lactating mothers, to achieve specific targets for reduction in low birth weight babies and prevention of anemia in the next three years.
She also stressed on personnel cleanliness and hygiene for healthy environment, ensure safe drinking water and cultivating the habit of washing hands before eating and after defecation and added every child should be provided full immunization under universal immunization programme. Every infant should be given complimentary foods on completion of 6 months with breastfeeding to continue till 2 years and beyond and regular monitoring of the growth of infants and children, she informed.