C’garh triumphs against Malnutrition

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Nov 2017 10:47:08


Staff Reporter,


10% decline in malnutrition level of Children in five years

Malnutrition rate in state reduces from 40.05% to 30.13%

Chhattisgarh has achieved significant success in the battle against malnutrition in last five years. In this campaign against malnutrition, nearly 50,000 aanganbadi centres are providing services such as nutritious food distribution and vaccination, while ‘vazan tyohar’ is being celebrated every year since last five years, as a result of which there has been nearly 10 percent decline in the malnutrition rate of children in age group 0-5 years. Vazan tyohar is being celebrated in aanganbadi centres from year 2012.

It is worth mentioning here that in year 2012, nine new districts were formed in state, taking the total number of districts to 27. As per the average statistics, the malnutrition level has consistently declined from 40.05% in 2012 to 36.89% in 2013, to 32.16% in year 2014, 29.87% in year 2015 and 30.13% in year 2016.

Meanwhile, the Mukhyamantri Suposhan Mission for malnutrition eradication under the ‘Sankalp Suposhan’ tagline was launched. For effective execution of the mission, a state-level Observation Committee chaired by Chief Secretary and state-level Execution Committee chaired by Women and Child Development Department Secretary was constituted. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that in this campaign against malnutrition, Women and Child Development Department has performed commendably.

According to Women and Child Development officials, their department collaborated with various schemes of agriculture department, health department, education department, Clean India Mission, food department, panchayat and rural development department and urban administration department, to make consolidated efforts for improving health of children, mothers and teenage girls. In collaboration with these departments, nutrition-based farming is being encouraged. According to the officers, the department is emphasizing on nutrition literacy to create awareness about local society about malnutrition.

Women and Child Development Department has linked its various schemes with Mukhyamantri Suposhan Mission. Under Mahtari Jatan Yojana, pregnant women are being provided freshly cooked nutritious food six days a week and under Mukhyamantri Amrit Yojana, these centres provide nutritious and flavored milk for children. Health Department organizes vaccination programme, mother and child protection programme, health protection month etc. Folic acid tablets are distributed to eradicate iron deficiency in mothers. Education Department is also contributing in curing malnutrition in teenage girls.

Institutional deliveries in government hospitals have also increased by 55.9 percent as a result of the awareness campaign being conducted regularly. In year 2005-06, institutional delivery rate in government hospitals was 14.3 percent, which has increased to 70.2 percent in year 2015-16.