Counselling camps to stop malnutrition in children

Counselling camps to stop malnutrition in children

first_imgBALURGHAT: District health department has taken initiative to reduce the percentage of those children who are suffering from malnutrition.According to an official source, realising the severity of malnutrition among children belonging to backward class, district Health and Family Welfare department has initiated measures to decrease the percentage of children who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). “Maximum stress has been given on ensuring hygienic and quality care to the malnourished children from specific information provided by doctors, nutritionists, social-workers, associated nurses or sahayikas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe mothers are constantly being benefitted direct or given wage-compensation on per day basis and also facilitated with free rationing for the kids for one year,” said a source. In view of growing percentage of severe malnutrition among children particularly belonging to lower class community, two NRCs (Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres), one at Balurghat district hospital and other at Gangarampur sub-divisional hospital, have already started functioning. The number of beds is increased to 15 instead of 10 in each NRC. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”A NRC team comprising nutritionists and social-workers will visit the Anganwadi centres and sub-centres on a weekly basis for identifying SAM children with specific tools like weighing machines and length board,” said an official. Notably, the district administration has extended support in arranging special identification camps where trained staffs are directly involved to communicate with the affected families for necessary screening and further admission. “In 2018, two such camps were organised in July and December. In July, 537 children were screened while 357 were found severely malnourished. In December, 443 kids were screened while of them 196 were identified as SAM children. Since inception, there are 1710 SAM children were admitted in both NRCs in Balurghat and Gangarampur while among them 1044 were discharged as cure after gaining targeted weight,” the official said. It may be mentioned that the parents of the malnourished children are also counselled and trained thoroughly about health, hygiene, proper diet and family planning while discharging from NRCs. They are being instructed to follow a particular routine. Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur Dr Sukumar Dey said: “What is most striking to mention that mothers are greatly motivated through such camps and they willingly try to persuade other mothers having SAM children for admission at NRC. We are confident to eradicate the curse of malnourished children from the district.”last_img

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